Legends & Visionaries

Legends & Visionaries

By Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal
Saturday August 6, 2016

Young choreographers are usually advised to start out “small.” You know, try their wings. Diana Byer, the artistic director of the fine little New York Theatre Ballet, took the opposite tack. According to an interview with Steven Melendez, a dancer in NYTB, and Zhong-Jing Fang, a member of American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet, Byer put them together to co-choreograph a new work and chose the music for it: Philip Glass’s Piano Etudes, Nos. 1-10, slightly re-ordered and played by New York University’s ten-person Steel Drum Ensemble (director: Josh Quillen). Running time: 48 minutes. That the resulting piece, Song Before Spring, works as well as it does is something of a triumph. 

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