Legends and Visionaries: Program B

Legends and Visionaries: Program B


The generous breadth of taste shown by New York Theatre Ballet... is good for New York's whole dance scene.
- Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
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.
NYTB is proud to continue its tradition as an incubator for new art by commissioning work, this season featuring Pam Tanowitz and Gemma Bond.

Program B

See The New York Times review here

Richard Alston’s A Rugged Flourish, set to Aaron Copland’s Piano Variations, was choreographed for NYTB. As Mr. Alston describes, “[the music has] a brave stony rigour, repeatedly ringing out in grand gesture. A Rugged Flourish portrays a young hero’s courage and determination – strong enough to be alone, yet all the stronger for eventually accepting the company.”
Gemma Bond debuts Silent Titles with music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk that takes its inspiration from early film making, reflecting the elegance of the silent movie age.

Dark Elegies was considered by Antony Tudor to be his greatest work, depicting a closely-knit community in mourning. Set to Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, the nature of the disaster that has struck remains unspecified, but the grief is palpable.

James Waring's An Eccentric Beauty Revisited is inspired by Nijinsky’s Le Dieu Bleu (1912) and danced to Erik Satie’s La Belle Excentrique. The intricate hand-painted costume by Sylvia Nolan is based on the original Leon Baskt design for Nijinsky.

Feathers by James Waring, dedicated to Barbette, the American transvestite trapeze artist (1899-1972). Eulogized by Jean Cocteau and photographed by Man Ray, Barbette was one of the greatest stars of the French music-hall.


March 22: 7pm
March 23: 7pm

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