Shining Up The PastBy Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal
Friday March 29, 2013
New York Theatre Ballet's name says more about it than its location. Not often do you see "theatre" spelled that way these days (American Ballet Theatre is one of the exceptions), but once it was the norm. There's something winningly and intelligently nostalgic about artistic director Diana Byer's choices of repertory for the small company she founded in 1976.
Byer has an unerring eye for which existing chamber works by great choreographers will suit her dancers and which young choreographers will contribute ballets that go well with them. The overall aesthetic eschews both flashiness and trendiness in favor of the modesty and integrity that clings to certain small-scale masterworks, such as Jose Limon's A Moor's Pavane, Antony Tudor's Lilac Garden, and Merce Cunningham's Septet...