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New York Theatre Ballet to present part one of LEGENDS & VISIONARIES Series

by Michelle Brandon
January 14, 2014
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

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30 East 31st Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016

New York Theatre Ballet celebrates 35 years with VISIONARIES at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, NYC. VISIONARIES, the first of two programs in the series LEGENDS AND VISIONARIES, performs on Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25, 2013 at 7pm. Tickets are $30 ($20 for students and seniors) and are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-982-2787.

VISIONARIES performance program features a 2013 NYTB commission choreographed by Pam Tanowitz, accompanied by live music by Lou Harrison and Henry Cowell, as well as a pas de deux choreographed by Richard Alston in addition to other pieces.

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 Dan Siretta, Gemma Bond, Pam Tanowitz, Richard Alston, Antonia Franceschi, Remy Charlip, and Antony Tudor.


"Short Memory" by Pam Tanowitz: A 2013 NYTB Commission, with live music by Lou Harrison and Henry Cowell, helps set up Ms. Tanowitz's brilliant use of stage space. "'Short Memory' is a dance for six, yet the groupings and comings and goings make it seem more populous. Eccentric gestures like wriggling fingers are woven into unpredictable yet convincing patterns, bristling with witty detail." (Brian Seibert, The New York Times, 2/24/13)

"Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms" by Richard Alston is inspired by Vermeer's paintings. The ballet, a pas de deux of rare intimacy, conveys a delicacy of feeling masking the formal facade of propriety and gracious behavior. Jo Kondo's "Ars Breview", music inspired by Gaultier's "broken style," adds a 20th century tension to this formality with music inspired by Denis Gaulter's 17th century lute pieces, adds a more overt picture of the undercurrents swirling beneath a demeanor of dignity.

"Jazz", choreography by Antonia Franceschi with an original score by Allen Shawn
"Libera!", choreography by Marco Pelle
"Run Loose" by Gemma Bond
"Ten Imaginary Dances", choreography by Remy Charlip, read by David Vaughan
The World Premiere of "Three Shades of Blue", choreography by Dan Siretta with an original score by Lynn Crigle

The second program in the series, LEGENDS, will perform on Friday, May 9, 2014 and Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7pm.

LEGENDS includes a full evening of ballets by Antony Tudor – A. Tudor Celebration:

"Jardin aux Lilas" (Lilac Garden): The bittersweet theme is set in the gracious Edwardian era. A young woman betrothed to a man she does not want to marry, mirrors the society in which power and position are uppermost. The ballet is so musically constructed that it would seem Ernest Chausson, musician and composer of the ballet, indeed wrote it for the ballet. The changes of weight amplify the changes of emotion. And while the movement vocabulary is simple in its use of ballet steps and gestures, the choreography and layering of emotional content are dense.

"Dark Elegies": Tudor described this as his favorite ballet and many people agree and consider it to be his greatest. From tender moments of quiet devastation to careering bursts of rage, Tudor's "ballet requiem," set to Gustav Mahler's absorbing Kindertotenlieder, expresses the raw emotion of a tight knit community faced with the inexplicable loss of their beloved children.

"Trio Con Brio" is a short, punchy pas de trois technical statement for two men and one women. In 2008, a 16 mm film was found by Norton Owen at Jacob's Pillow. Diana Byer and then-Music Director Ferdy Tumakaka took a year to reconstruct the pas de trois. A minute was burned out and Lance Westergard re-choreographed that small section.

"Judgment of Paris": The Greek legend transferred to a French Café, late at night, where a drunken boulevardier makes his choice from three sad and aging ladies of pleasure.

"Soiree Musicale": A charming divertissement set to Benjamin Britten's suite based on pieces by Rossini. Legend has it that in conceiving the choreography, Tudor had in mind four of the great ballerinas of the Romantic period, Lucille Grahn for the Canzonetta, Marie Taglioni for the Tirolese, Fanny Elssler for the Bolaro and Fanny Cerrito for the Tarantella.

For full season information visit www.nytb.org.


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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