New York Theatre Ballet: Legends & Visionaries

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) introduces audiences to new, innovative ballets created by the next generation of critically acclaimed emerging choreographers paired with ballets by the great masters in one spectacular program.

The 2016/17 season features a who's who of world class choreographers including London's Richard Alston, rising American choreographic star Nicolo Fonte, New York City's Bessie Award Winner Pam Tanowitz and legendary world renowned masters Merce Cunningham, Jerome Robbins and Antony Tudor.

NEW IN 2017/2018
New this season is an electrifying production to Philip Glass’ 10 Piano Etudes transposed for Steel Drums, played live by The NYU Steel Drum Ensemble and features choreography by NYTB's own Steven Melendez and American Ballet Theatre's Zhong-Jing Fang. All productions are costumed by the Metropolitan Opera's Resident Costume Designer, Sylvia Nolan.

Such Longing – Set to the music of Chopin, Richard Alston choreographed this ballet for two couples. Alston originally made Such Longing for his own company, but reimagined and expanded it for NYTB.

Soirée Musicale – Choreographed by Antony Tudor, Soirée Musicale is a divertissement of ineffable charm set to Benjamin Britten’s suite based on pieces by Rossini. Six ladies and three gentlemen are gathered for a musical evening, dancing together for their own enjoyment, an enjoyment that is transmitted to the audience.

Cross Currents – This revival of Merce Cunningham’s trio was staged by former Cunningham dancer Jennifer Goggans and is performed to an arrangement by John Cage of Conlon Nancarrow’s Rhythm Studies for Player Piano Nos. 1-6.

Double Andante – Pam Tanowitz’s new ballet set to the Andante movement of Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major #15, which is played live on piano two times at different tempos. The dance is based on the “pas de deux” and is used as a metaphor for the age-old notion of unrequited love.

Rondo – Jerome Robbins’ stunning pas de deux for two women was choreographed in 1980 for New York City Ballet to music by Mozart. Original cast member, Kyra Nichols, staged this revival for NYTB.

There, And Back Again – Nicolo Fonte’s piece for four dancers inspired by the Brothers Grimm classic story “Hansel & Gretel” in a wholly contemporary esthetic, performed to a commissioned score for piano and violin by Kevin Keller.

Dark Elegies - From tender moments of quiet devastation to careering bursts of rage, Tudor's "ballet requiem," set to Gustav Mahler's absorbing Kindertotenlieder, expresses the raw emotion of a tight knit community faced with the inexplicable loss of their beloved children.

Ages: 10 and up.

New York Theatre Ballet was founded in 1978 by its artistic director, Diana Byer. NYTB performs chamber ballet masterpieces and new works by emerging choreographers, and innovative one-hour ballets for children. The Company has a strong commitment to reach underserved children and families through its pioneering LIFT Community Service Program and to tour to smaller cities and venues where dance is infrequently performed. NYTB has toured from coast to coast and internationally for over 35 years. Its performances often introduce audiences for the first time to ballets created by the great masters, as well as to its popular one-hour story ballets. NYTB has been hailed by The New York Times’ Alastair Macaulay as “an invaluable company.” Its performances, often to live music and in small venues, allow audiences to experience dance in an intimate, highly personal way. Its roster includes classic ballets by Frederick Ashton, Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, José Limón, Jerome Robbins, Antony Tudor, James Waring and bold new works by Richard Alston, Gemma Bond, Antonia Franceschi and Pam Tanowitz.


About NYTB


New York Theatre Ballet’s mission is to perform small classic masterpieces and new contemporary works for adults and innovative hour-long ballets for young children, all at affordable prices. The mission is carried out in the work of the Professional Company, its Ballet School NY and its LIFT Community Service Program. Together these divisions reach adults and family audiences across the country building a love for dance and diverse audiences for the future.


New York Theatre Ballet was founded in 1978 by its artistic director, Diana Byer. It is the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States. “New York Theatre ballet confirms its status as an invaluable company,” says Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times.NYTB has earned national acclaim for its restoration and revival of small masterworks by great choreographers and for its innovative hour-long ballets based on children’s literature.

NYTB tours family and adult programs both nationally and abroad. Its audiences know the Company for its theatrical expressiveness, high production quality, and intimate accessibility to every audience member.


For 35 years, NYTB has produced, for adult and family audiences, dozens of classic masterpieces and contemporary ballets. Its roster includes dances by Frederick Ashton, Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, José Limón and Antony Tudor. NYTB has appeared with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall to sold out audiences and has performed at dance venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Kaatsbaan and New York’s City Center.


"Never before in my experience of this troupe have its performers made so engaging and memorable an impression." - Alistair, Macaulay, New York Times
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"The members of Theater Ballet are not only refined dancers but also unaffected actors." - Siobhan Burke, New York Times
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