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New York Theatre Ballet presents Dance on a Shoestring; January 23 & 24

by Michelle Tabnick
January 19, 2015
St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-6377
New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) continues it long-running series Dance on a Shoestring, now held at the company's new home at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, NYC on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling (212) 679-0401 or at the door on the day of the performance. Please note that seating is limited and reservations are recommended. For more information, please visit http://nytb.org/calendar-and-tickets/view/Dance-on-a-Shoestring/.

Dance on a Shoestring is an intimate evening of dance held in the company's home, The Dance Gallery. The community series showcases ballets from New York Theatre Ballet's current season, works in progress by contemporary and emerging choreographers, and children of Ballet School NY.

This Dance on a Shoestring will feature guest artists The Bang Group and Pepper Fajans.

The Bang Group will present two of its most popular rhythm pieces. "Slapstuck" is a comic and intimate dance in which two gentlemen clad in neck-to-toe Velcro bespoke suits attempt to negotiate a little independence while generating rhythms through sticking and ripping apart. "Two Left Feet" is a duet for a man and woman who negotiate their contrapuntal relationship through a translation of Steve Reich's "Clapping Music" into a dance for a barefoot couple.

Performers explore variations in movement and design in Pepper Fajans' "Space Available," a scalable theater of objects that brings together dance, puppetry, live music, and environment. Each show is built from a changing roster of elements contributed by members of the diversely capable cast and the performances are influenced by the space in which it takes place and is modified in response to the performing conditions. Audiences witness performers discovering the nuances of theatrical circumstances.

"New York Theater Ballet is a little company that thinks big on a small theatrical scale. Under the direction of Diana Byer, it has become known for well-coached stagings of ballets especially suited for small theaters. The troupe also offers even smaller-scale productions called ''Dance on a Shoestring,'' informal hour-long showings." – The New York Times

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.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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