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New York Theatre Ballet presents Legends and Visionaries: Program A

by Michelle Brandon
April 10, 2013
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

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New York Theatre Ballet presents the second installment of Legends and Visionaries: Program A on April 19-20 at 7pm at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, NYC. The evening features works by Richard Alston, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, and a new piece by Pam Tanowitz that premiered in the February program, commissioned by New York Theatre Ballet. Tickets are $30 and are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-982-2787.

New York Theatre Ballet's repertory pairs the ballets of legendary creators with those of contemporary visionaries, bringing a new understanding and appreciation of dance. This season features new works and beloved favorites from choreographers including Richard Alston, Jerome Robbins, José Limón, and Antony Tudor. In a nod to the 50th Anniversary of the Judson Dance Theater movement, NYTB presents two pieces by James Waring.

The program includes:

Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms by Richard Alston is inspired by Vermeer's paintings. The ballet, a pas de deux, conveys a delicacy of feeling masking the formal facade of propriety and gracious behavior. Jo Kondo's Ars Breview, music inspired by Denis Gaultier's 17th century lute pieces, adds a more overt picture of the undercurrents swirling beneath a demeanor of dignity.

Rondo by Jerome Robbins was choreographed in 1980 for New York City Ballet and is set to "Rondo In A Minor" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Original cast member, Kyra Nichols, is staging this production for NYTB. It has not been seen in New York City since 1982.

Dark Elegies was considered by Antony Tudor to be his greatest work. The ballet is set to Gustav Mahler's "Kindertotenlieder" and depicts a community in mourning. The nature of the disaster that has struck remains unspecified, but the grief is palpable.

Pam Tanowitz's Short Memory is set to music by Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison, to be played live. Movement motifs are mined from classical ballet and filtered through a contemporary lens.

Other performances this season include Dance on a Shoestring - studio performances featuring works-in-progress - and Keith Michael's Goose!, a fun filled ballet for kids and families. For full season information visit www.nytb.org.

ABOUT NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, is the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States and has been hailed by The New York Times as "an invaluable company". NYTB is dedicated to inspiring a love of dance in diverse audiences through performances of chamber ballet masterpieces and bold new works, as well as innovative one-hour ballets for children, all at affordable prices.

By pairing the ballets of legendary creators with those of contemporary visionaries, NYTB brings a new understanding and appreciation of dance. The approach to live performance for children is groundbreaking and unique. New York Theatre Ballet offers an annual series of hour-long ballets tailored to the attention span of young audience members, while offering high production values and clever choreography sophisticated enough for discerning parents.

NYTB is committed to reaching underserved audiences by performing in small cities throughout the U.S. Its professional school provides ballet training based on the Cecchetti syllabus. Classes are offered at affordable prices. Scholarships are awarded to talented homeless and underserved children along with support for well-rounded learning.
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