American Repertory Ballet and Mexican fashion designer label Pineda Covalin to make superb partners in “Mexican music” this weekend



originally published: 10/21/2021

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) – American Repertory Ballet (ARB) will present a unique collaboration with Mexican fashion label Pineda Covalin as part of its upcoming program at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center on October 23-24. the prints will be an integral part of the costumes and stage projections of choreographer David Fernandez’s ballet entitled Mexican music.

Invited by artistic director Ethan Stiefel to create a new work for the American Repertory Ballet, Fernandez envisioned a piece that would celebrate both the Company’s return to the stage and its own Mexican heritage.

Fernandez immediately contacted the Pineda Covalin team, founded by Cristina Pineda and Ricardo Covalin.

“I dreamed that one day I would choreograph a ballet with costumes by Pineda Covalin. So when Ethan Stiefel asked me to do a ballet about Mexico, I jumped at the chance to make this dream come true, ”says Fernandez. “When I met the Pineda Covalin team in Mexico City, I was delighted that they gave me the green light to collaborate on costume designs and projections. Dreams come true when you are surrounded by creative and generous people.

The creative team also includes Janessa Cornell Urwin, costume designer and supervisor of the ARB wardrobe boutique, which has incorporated Pineda Covalin prints into stunning dresses and shirts, mixing dancewear and haute couture. “To highlight the prints as well as the choreography, I chose to create an elegant ballet aesthetic,” says Urwin. “We worked with a textile printer to make the custom fabrics before making the costumes. “

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According to the designer’s website, Pineda Covalin was founded “in 1996 with the main purpose of sharing with the world the wealth of Mexico, its traditions, cultures and natural beauty represented in its creations. They extol the cultural richness of Mexico through colors, patterns and shapes, which allude to Huichol prints, the monarch butterfly, the day of the dead and other traditions.

Fernandez found even more inspiration in music from the 1800s to 1940s, choreographing selections by Mexican composers Juventino Rosas, Ricardo Castro, and Jose Pablo Moncaya. The ballet opens with the waltz of Rosas “Sobre las Olas” (or “On the Waves”), one of the most famous works in the world by all Latin American composers.

In addition to Mexican music, ARB’s “Emergence” to feature Ethan Stiefel The Woodcraft, a piece created for the Washington Ballet in 2019. Set to music by the Danish String Quartet, The Woodcraft inspires a sense of joy and healing by seeking unique and individual paths, while feeling connected to each other.

Also on the program, Amy Seiwert World, Interrupted, which explores resilience, hope, exhaustion, disruption – all shared experiences related to the ongoing pandemic; and Saudade, the first commission from ARB’s Ryoko Tanaka, to an original score by former ARB2 dancer Haley Wright.

“Our dancers are ready to come back on stage and do what they love: performing in front of a live audience,” says Stiefel. “For performer and audience alike, there is nothing quite like the connection and energy that live performances inspire. “

Tickets start at $ 25. Student discounts are available. Visit or call the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (PACNB) box office at 732.745.8000. NBPAC is located at 11 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Health and safety measures: The health and safety of our audience, performers and staff is of the utmost importance. Customers attending a performance at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center must show proof of vaccination via a vaccination card or through the NJ’s Docket app. If not fully immunized, clients must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of the date of performance. All customers are required to wear masks at all times inside the room. This includes children over 2 years old who have not been vaccinated. For more information on these guidelines, Click here.

The mission of AAmerican repertory ballet The mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry, and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and to national audiences and students through arts and education programs. Founded as the Princeton Ballet Society in 1954, the organization now includes: the state’s premier professional ballet company; Princeton Ballet School, one of the nation’s most established non-profit dance schools; and ARB’s access and enrichment initiatives, including the long-standing and acclaimed DANCE POWER program. In July 2021, ARB welcomed its new artistic director, Ethan Stiefel.

PHOTO by David Fernandez


Joseph E. Golightly