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Fairy Tale Ballet, Tailored for Short Attention Spans

By SIOBHAN BURKE, New York Times
Monday March 3, 2014

With its long-running Once Upon a Ballet Series, New York Theater Ballet consolidates the classics into hourlong productions for the under-10 crowd and puts parents’ minds at ease: Yes, your children will be able to sit through this show. And in inevitable moments of boredom, fidgeting is acceptable. Details >

 

Hearts Suffer and Crumble When Mourning the Loss of Children

By Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
Monday March 25, 2013

And these performances on Saturday must have made many feel that they were filling in gaps in their knowledge of New York dance history. New York Theater Ballet is in every respect one of the city’s minor companies, but the seriousness that impels it is far from small. Its several short seasons each year keep informing us of areas of choreography that are otherwise brushed aside.
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To Test Some Boundaries, First You Charge Forward, and Then You Back Off: New York Theatre Ballet at Florence Gould Hall<br />

To Test Some Boundaries, First You Charge Forward, and Then You Back Off: New York Theatre Ballet at Florence Gould Hall

By Brian Seibert, The New York Times
Sunday February 24, 2013

...at Florence Gould Hall on Friday, Richard Alston not only spoke illuminatingly about his own choreography, he also gave an accurate endorsement of the troupe performing it, New York Theater Ballet. “I like the company I keep here,” he said, meaning both the unpretentious dancers and the high-class repertory. ... New York Theater Ballet is producing new works as good as — and often better than — its bigger siblings. Details >

 

NY Theatre Ballet delights children with lively version of "Peter & Wolf"

By Wendy Liberatore, The Daily Gazette
Monday February 11, 2013

ALBANY — New York Theatre Ballet knows how to tell an absorbing tale.
That’s just what this ensemble did on Sunday afternoon at The Egg — to the delight of hundreds of children who came out to see its lively version of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf;” along with a bonus, the premiere of the troupe’s newest work, “Bark! In the Park.”
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excerpt from Men Add Juice to Sugar Plums

By Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
Tuesday December 11, 2012

...the production has sweetness, fun and intimacy.

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Nymphs, A Moor, And Lovers Roam About<br />

Nymphs, A Moor, And Lovers Roam About

By Brian Seibert, The New York Times
Monday March 12, 2012

The New York Theater Ballet's Signatures series juxtaposes old and new. Usually the vintage stuff - forgotten or rarely performed works by master choreographers - is best, but sometimes, as in the program performed on Friday at Gould Hall, the balance is more even. Details >

 
An Appealing Surprise: <i>The Nutcracker</i> featured in <i>The New York Observer</i><br />

An Appealing Surprise: The Nutcracker featured in The New York Observer

By Robert Gottlieb, The New York Observer
Tuesday December 20, 2011

An appealing surprise turned up at the small but always intelligent and attractive New York Theatre Ballet at the Florence Gould Auditorium. Keith Michael has replaced his own Nutcracker, performed from 1985 to 2010, with a new version, and it’s a honey. On a tiny stage with a limited number of dancers—the Snowflakes, for instance, are just four girls and two boys—he has made an hour-plus miniballet intended primarily for little kids but equally enchanting for ancients like me. It’s completely ingenious the way he deploys the pretty cut-out scenery (by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith) and the equally charming costumes (by Sylvia Taalson Nolan), and it’s extraordinary the way he achieves so much with so small an ensemble. What’s more, the choreography is musical and inventive—and fun. These are committed dancers, as much at home in this classic as they were in Tudor, Cunningham and Alston the last time I saw the company. Details >

 
An Accomplished Premiere, Served Along With Other Flourishes

An Accomplished Premiere, Served Along With Other Flourishes

By Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
Monday May 16, 2011

The generous breadth of taste shown by New York Theater Ballet with its Signatures series is good for New York's whole dance scene. This weekend at the Florence Gould Hall it showed pieces by Frederick Ashton, Merce Cunningham and Anthony Tudor - three of the 20th century's supreme choreographers - as well as a world premiere by the British choreographer Richard Alston. Larger than the excellence of any one work here, which is saying much, was the stylistic diversity of the program. I've been grateful for this company before; I've never admired it more than on this occasion.
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