Reviews

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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NYTB at The Egg

NYTB at The Egg

By Tresca Weinstein, Special to the Times Union
Friday May 6, 2011

The 13 dancers of the New York Theatre Ballet have got moves, but, more important, they have heart, spirit and soul. In a performance at the Egg Friday night, this little treasure of a company imbued a wonderfully varied program with captivating drama. Details >

 
New York Theatre Ballet Aims for the Heart

New York Theatre Ballet Aims for the Heart

By Tresca Weinstein, Special to the Times Union
Thursday May 5, 2011

The New York Theatre Ballet shares its hometown and three of the words in its name with one of the most famous ballet companies in the world: the New York City Ballet. But the one word that’s different pinpoints what the New York Theatre Ballet is all about. Details >

 
All Tudor Program is Treasure to Behold

All Tudor Program is Treasure to Behold

By Wendy Liberatore, Gazette Reporter
Sunday May 1, 2011

New York Theatre Ballet is a small ensemble that serves the dance community in a big way – mainly by preserving important works that are rarely seen or are in danger of being forgotten. And the company, founded and directed Diana Byer, curates its repertory with love and respect. That care was obvious this past weekend at Kaatsbaan
International Dance Center where the chamber ballet performed a beautiful all-Antony Tudor program.
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Mixed Bill: Septet, Game Two, Soirée Musicale, Judgment of Paris, Othello

Mixed Bill: Septet, Game Two, Soirée Musicale, Judgment of Paris, Othello

By Jack Anderson, Dancingtimes
Friday February 11, 2011

New York Theatre Ballet always provides us with civilized pleasures. The company may be small (11 dancers and two apprentices), but its repertoire is eclectic, and its presentations, though modestly scaled, both look and sound good, thanks to imaginative designs and, most of the time, live music. This chamber-ballet troupe can also come up with surprises.
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A Two Fold History Lesson, Courtesy of Four Midcentury Masters

A Two Fold History Lesson, Courtesy of Four Midcentury Masters

By Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
Sunday April 25, 2010

In reviving little-known little gems by four leading mid-20th-century choreographers, as it did in the “Signatures 10” program on Saturday at Gould Hall, New York Theater Ballet confirms its status as an invaluable company. Very few in the audience can have seen all these gems before; fewer can feel that they know even one well. Details >

 
Past Perfect

Past Perfect

By Mary Cargill, Danceviewtimes
Friday April 23, 2010

The New York Theatre Ballet is the small group affiliated with the school founded by the famous Cecchetti teacher Margaret Craske, and it gives regular performances of chamber ballets, works which would be lost on larger stages. Though the company performs new works, it is best known for its scrupulous and honorable revivals of earlier masterpieces, with live piano (played by Mariko Miyazadi and Ferdy Tumakaka), a rarity in this age of tape. The combination of the British greats, Tudor and Ashton, seasoned with a fine comedy by Agnes de Mille and a rare Limon made for a wonderful program. Details >