Ballet Up Close and PersonalBy Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal
Monday November 6, 2017
The cover photo for New York Theatre Ballet’s season at Danspace Saint Mark’s does not show any of the company’s fine performers. Instead it bears a photo of artistic director Diana Byer and David Vaughan, the dance historian, critic, lecturer, and performer widely known as the author of Frederick Ashton and His Ballets and Merce Cunningham: 50 Years. On October 27th, six days before the company’s performances began, Vaughan (David to hundreds of us) died at the age of 93, still hoping to finish his biography of James Waring.
In her pre-performance speech, Byer emphasized that these performances by NYTB were dedicated to Vaughan. At all three, she would read the loving words sent by British choreographer Richard Alston, who had been befriended and mentored by Vaughan when he arrived in New York years ago to study at the Merce Cunningham studio, where Vaughan worked as the company archivist.
Photos by Robert Altman