New York Theatre Ballet will perform at New York Live Arts from February 18-21, 2015, presenting four ballets at each show. The program will include two world premiers by Nicolo Fonte and Pam Tanowitz. The other two performances are Merce Cunningham’s trio Cross Currents, and a revival of Keith Michael’s “The Alice-In-Wonderland Follies.”
Nicolo Fonte is choreographing “There, And Back Again,” a 20-minute piece for four dancers inspired by the Brothers Grimm classic story “Hansel & Gretel” in a wholly contemporary aesthetic, performed to a new score composed by Kevin Keller for piano and violin. Pam Tanowitz will create “One Plus One,” a new 13-minute ballet for ten dancers set to the Andante movement of Beethoven’s “Sonata in DMajor #15,” which will be played live on piano two times at different tempos. The dance is based on the “pas de deux” and will be used as a metaphor for the age-old notion of unrequited love.
Merce Cunningham’s trio Cross Currents is staged by Jennifer Goggans, and will be performed to an arrangement by John Cage of Conlon Nancarrow’s “Rhythm Studies for Player Piano Nos. 1-6.” The Alice-In-Wonderland Follies, which the pictures in this post are from, has been called “A fantastic production,” and is unique in its charm and whimsy.
New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) was founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, and is the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States. By pairing the ballets of legendary creators with those of contemporary visionaries, NYTB brings a new understanding and appreciation of dance. New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. Together, NYTB and NYLA is set to host some beautiful ballet.