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NOVEMBER 16, 2010


For the entire run of 5 shows, only 120 seats were left (as of 9:30pm, November 15):
Thursday (Nov 18 gala): 10 seats

Friday (Nov 19): 42 seats
Saturday (Nov 20): 24 seats
Sun. Mat. (Nov 21): 6 seats
Sun. Eve. (Nov 21): 38 seats

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Inside LEGEND: a dancer's view

Jonathan Alsberry in Coltrane's Favorite Things. Photo: Todd Rosenberg.
Jonathan Alsberry in Coltrane's Favorite Things. Photo: Todd Rosenberg.
In an interview for the company's national tour date in Syracuse earlier this month, Lar Lubovitch described his works as a way of seeing "music on the body. It's about dancing and dancing in response to music." That pure approach to choreography will be immediately evident when audiences see the World Premiere of THE LEGEND OF TEN later this week. Work on this new dance began over the summer, when the company went to Chicago for a 5-week creative and teaching residency at Loyola University. The company has continued to develop the piece this fall during week-long rehearsal periods in New York, as well as during rare spare moments on the road this fall while the company was out on tour.


For Lubovitch and the company, LEGEND marks a creative departure from his two most recent dances, which have explored both the "sheets of sound" in Coltrane's jazz and the modern rhythms and dissonance in Prokofiev's score for Lubovitch's DOGS OF WAR. "Brahms' Piano Quintet is so strong and so romantic," notes company member Jonathan (JoJo) Alsberry. "The sound is so propulsive, that it carries you along, but there's also a kind of undertow that can sweep you away. What's been fascinating about the rehearsal process is that Lar doesn't hold back from that risk, but instead masters it, testing all of our limits to create something really exciting."


Inside LEGEND: student access

Lubovitch company performing North Star. Photo: Todd Rosenberg.
Lubovitch company performing North Star. Photo: Todd Rosenberg.

Lar Lubovitch began work on LEGEND last summer during a residency at Loyola that consisted of 3 weeks of purely creative rehearsals, followed by 2 more weeks of creative rehearsals mixed with classes for 75 students drawn from all over the country, followed by 1 more week of performances by the company within the context of the Chicago Dancing Festival. The festival -- founded by Lar Lubovitch and Jay Franke -- is now in its 5th year. The festival reaches some 12,000 audience members annually and showcases some of the country's best dance companies for free. (For reviews of this summer's performances, click here.) As part of the residency, the students were privileged to witness the inception of the new dance.

This coming summer 2011, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will be conducting two residencies. We will once again be conducting a 2-week residency at Loyola University in August. In addition, however, the company will also be conducting a much more intensive and comprehensive 3-week residency at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York from May 29 -- June 18, 2011. This Skidmore residency will be capped off by a company engagement at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) on June 9th. For more info on the Skidmore residency or to sign up for advance application materials, click Skidmore. Additional details about the company's residencies and our SPAC performances will be posted on our website early in the new year. In the meantime, feel free to send us an e-mail to request more info.

Students eager to learn more Lubovitch repertory -- without waiting until next summer -- have a special one-week opportunity at the end of this month. Company dancer Attila Joey Csiki will be teaching classes at the Peridance Capezio Center from November 28--December 4, 2010. Csiki will teach excerpts of Lubovitch repertory spanning more than 30 years (1978-2009), including Marimba, Cavalcade, Little Rhapsodies, Dvorak Serenade and Elemental Brubeck. For more info, click on Peridance.

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Lubovitch company performing Marimba. Photo: Sasha Fornari.
Lubovitch company performing Marimba. Photo: Sasha Fornari.

The World Premiere of THE LEGEND OF TEN has been made possible by many generous friends and collaborators. In particular, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company would like to express special thanks to three commissioning patrons: Ronald E. Creamer, Jr., Pamela Crutchfield and W. Patrick McMullan III. Initially, the dance was to have been commissioned, in part, by the Harris Theater in Chicago. When theater withdrew after encountering financial difficulties during the recession, our three commissioning angels stepped into the breach instead. Joined by many other donors, they have made it possible for us to create the dance.

In addition to the many generous individuals who helped, we would also like to express our gratitude to Loyola University/Chicago for hosting the company's residency in the summer of 2010. The company began creating THE LEGEND OF TEN during that residency. The company also deeply appreciates the support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts whose support allowed the company to continue working on the dance in New Yorkthis fall. The company also acknowledges the enlightened support of several other institutional funders including the Open Society Foundation's Performing Arts Recovery Initiative (administered by the Fund for the City of New York), Harkness Foundation for Dance, Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation and A. Woodner Fund.

From our friends at the Abrons Art Center:
US Premiere of Jonah Bokaer's Anchises

Anchises is a collaboration between choreographer Jonah Bokaer and the design firm Harrison Atelier, inspired by the story of Anchises, who was carried out of the decimated city of Troy by his son Aeneas. Bokaer’s Anchises distills the narrative to its essential moral questions, taking place in nine scenes during which the set, comprised of a series of modules, is created and recreated by the dancers as the performance moves through centuries.

Anchises debuts November 17-21 at the Lower East Side's Abrons Arts Center, following its World Premiere in the United Kingdom earlier this fall. Tickets $15-20. CLICK HERE here or call 212.598.0400 for tickets and more information.

Thursday-Sunday, November 18-21, 2010

Baryshnikov Arts Center: Howard Gilman Performance Space
450 West 37th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues), Manhattan

Opening Night Benefit, Thursday, November 18
Reception, Premiere Performance and Dinner
Tickets: $250-$1,000
6:00 pm Reception – 7:30 pm Performance – 9:00 pm After-Party
For Benefit information, call 212.221.7909, or visit NYCHARITIES.ORG.

Regular Performances, Friday-Sunday Evenings, 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee, 3:00 pm.
General Admission, $45. Student Floor Cushions, $15.
Buy tickets on-line at SMARTTIX
or call 212.868.4444.

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