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New York Theatre Ballet 2016/17 Season

by Michelle Tabnick
October 3, 2016
New York, NY

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New York Theatre Ballet announces the 2016-17 season, which will include repertory performances throughout the year.

This season, New York Theatre Ballet continues to provide a platform for female choreographers with a new work by former New York City Ballet dancer Antonia Franceschi and a NYTB Premiere by Martha Clarke. Franceschi’s new piece is inspired by the history of Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery and will be performed there in October, with original music by Claire Van Kampen. The pas de trois from The Garden of Villandry by Martha Clarke, who was heavily influenced by Antony Tudor, will be shown with Tudor's Fandango, Les Mains Gauches and the pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet at the 92Y Harkness Dance Festival in February 2017.

New York Theatre Ballet’s 2016-17 Season includes:

• October 6-8, 2016 – Danspace Project: Legends & Visionaries
• October 7, 2016 – 70th Birthday Gala for founder and artistic director Diana Byer
• October 29-30, 2016 - Kaatsbaan International Dance Center: Legends and Visionaries
• February 24-25, 2017 – 92Y Harkness Dance Festival: Legends & Visionaries
• March 1-4, 2017 – New York Live Arts: Legends & Visionaries
• April 28-29, 2017 – Schimmel Center at Pace University: Legends & Visionaries

New York Theatre Ballet 2016-2017 Season

Danspace Project: Legends & Visionaries

St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th Street, NYC
Box Office: 866-811-4111, www.danspaceproject.org
October 6-8, 2016 at 8pm
The evenings will include the World Premiere of a new piece by Antonia Franceschi set to an original musical score by Claire van Kampen. The work is inspired by the history of Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery: “I was very moved by the recent exhibit at the Church which was of tee shirts used as grave sites for the numerous children killed by guns in the past year,” said Antonia Franceschi. Also featured in the program is Jerome Robbins' Antique Epigraphs set to Debussy’s “6 Épigraphes Antiques,” staged by Kyra Nichols, and Song Before Spring choreographed by Zhong-Jing Fang (American Ballet Theatre, corps de ballet) and Steven Melendez (New York Theatre Ballet, principal dancer) to Philip Glass’ Piano Etudes played live by steel drum ensemble, NYU Steel. Jack Anderson recently wrote about Song Before Spring in London’s Dancing Times: “…This was not the gambol one might expect, but an emotional outburst that plunged young people into unruly and unpredictable passions…” and from Carla Escoda of the Huffington Post: “The evening closed with a tumultuous 48 minute account of Philip Glass’ etudes arranged for steel drums. The 12-member NYU Steel ensemble took no prisoners. neither did co-choreographers Steven Melendez, of New York Theatre Ballet and Zhong-Jing Fang of American Ballet Theatre.”

70th Birthday Gala for Founder and Artistic Director, Diana Byer
Danspace Project
October 7, 2016 at 6:30pm
The evening will include Judgment of Paris by Antony Tudor and new works created especially for the event by Alexandra Damiani, former Artistic Director of Cedar Lake; David Parker & The Bang Group
Marco Pelle with a new solo; Antonia Franceschi with a new solo for Romany Pajdak from London’s Royal Ballet; and Gemma Bond, followed by dancing with DJ Imogene Strauss.

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center Residency
33 Kaatsbaan Rd, Tivoli, NY 12583
(845) 757-5106
www.kaatsbaan.org
October 10 – 30, 2016
Legends & Visionaries
October 29 and 30, 2016
There and Back Again by Nicolo Fonte (created during NYTB’s 2014 Kaatsbaan Residency)
Antique Epigraphs by Jerome Robbins
Double Andante by Pam Tanowitz

92nd Street Y: Legends & Visionaries
1395 Lexington, Avenue, NYC
February 24-25, 2017
92Y’s Harkness Dance Festival kicks off this year with a program featuring the pas de trois from Martha Clarke’s The Garden of Villandry (1979) presented alongside three ballets from her mentor, the legendary Antony Tudor: Fandango (1963), Les Mains Gauches (1951), and the pas de deux from Romeo & Juliet (1943).

New York Live Arts: Legends & Visionaries
219 W. 19th Street, NYC
Box Office: 212-924-0077, www.newyorklivearts.org
March 1-3, 2017 at 7:30pm, March 4 at 2pm and 7:30pm
The evenings include Nijinsky’s L’Apres-Midi d’un Faune staged by Ann Hutchinson Guest and danced by Steven Melendez. After seeing Mr. Melendez in performance, Ms. Guest thought he would be a perfect Faun and the ballet is being specially recreated for him.

Schimmel Center: Legends & Visionaries
Box Office: 212-346-1715, www.SchimmelCenter.org
April 28 and 29, 2017 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $29
The evenings will include a restaging of former NYTB resident choreographer Edward Henkel’s Revision, created in 1986 and the World Premiere of Misfit Movement Makers by Broadway choreographer Chase Brock set to indie-folk and folk-pop music with lyrics. “I see this new ballet as a millennial folk dance, a dance that will feel current without feeling contemporary,” said Mr. Brock.


ABOUT NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, 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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