New York Theatre Ballet - Spring LIFT Lab Live: Program D - New YorkBy Marina Harss, Dance Tabs
Monday May 3, 2021
In the Upper RoomWhile large theaters in New York remain closed, it has been the smaller organizations that have shown the most enterprising spirit during the pandemic. New York Theatre Ballet, led by Diana Byer, has been a quiet beacon, not just persevering, but commissioning new works for live performance at the company’s studio in the East Village, as far back as last fall.
The dances are solos, duets, or, in some cases small ensembles for up to five or six dancers; some, but not all, have been either staged or choreographed via Zoom. The dancers perform while wearing masks – but who even notices masks anymore? And the audience is limited to ten, well-spaced people, separated by see-through plastic barriers. But there is live musical accompaniment on the piano, and the space itself, located on the second floor of the complex of St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, is pleasant, with high ceilings and stained glass.
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