"Prelude to a Dance!"
A one-night only benefit performance on April 23

The Board and Benefit Committee of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company invite you


Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters

... to Prelude to a Dance, a very special evening on April 23, when the company will kick-off its 40th anniversary celebration with an exclusive patrons' performance featuring a preview of a new Lar Lubovitch work-in-progress, guest appearances by stars of American Ballet Theatre and a private recital by Broadway legend Bernadette Peters.

Join us at the historic Hudson Theater for this one-night-only event, and see:

Little Rhapsodies  performed by the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, accompanied by concert pianist Pedja Muzijevic;

Duet from Meadow performed by Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes of American Ballet Theatre;

Some Enchanted Evening and other songs performed by the incomparable Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters, accompanied by Marvin Laird; and

Preview of a new Lubovitch work-in-progress performed by the Lubovitch company, accompanied by Pedja Muzijevic.

A gathering of friends
Sean Stewart, Jay Franke & Rasta Thomas in Little Rhapsodies
Sean Stewart, Jay Franke & Rasta Thomas in Little Rhapsodies

As the official launch of the Lubovitch company's 40th anniversary celebration, Prelude to a Dance brings together many of Lar Lubovitch's closest friends and artistic collaborators from the worlds of Broadway, ballet and modern dance.

Lar first worked with Bernadette Peters when he made his Broadway debut choreographing the 1987 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods.   Marvin Laird, who will accompany Ms. Peters, also created the score for " with my heart," Lar's 2002 tribute to the work of Richard Rodgers.  Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes have performed principal roles in many of Lar's collaborations at American Ballet Theatre (including Meadow and the 2007 restaging of his 1997 full-length Othello), and Mr. Gomes has also performed as a guest artist with the Lubovitch company.  Pedja Muzijevic, a concert pianist who has also worked closely with Mikhail Baryshnikov, joined the company for our premiere of Little Rhapsodies last year, and is now expanding his collaboration by working with us on the world premiere of a new work this spring, as well as other projects for our anniversary season this fall. 

Tickets for Prelude to a Dance can be reserved for $500 and $1,000.  (All but $150 of each ticket is tax-deductible.)  Admission includes: a pre-performance cocktail reception (6pm), performance (7pm), reserved table seating and supper (8:15pm).  There are also a limited number of performance-only mezzanine seats available for $150 per ticket. For more information, please telephone 212.221.7909 or email

About Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Lar Lubovitch
Lar Lubovitch

The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company was founded in 1968.  Over the past 40 years it has gained an international reputation as one of the world's best dance companies.  Celebrated for both its choreographic excellence and its unsurpassed dancing, the company has created more than 100 new dances and performed before millions of people in virtually every state of America, as well as in more than 30 foreign countries.

Proceeds from Prelude to a Dance will support the company's 40th anniversary season, including the creation and performance of new dances and a 20-city national tour, as well as our on-going educational programs - Dance Your Dreams and Open Doors - for students in New York City's public schools.

Board of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

President                                                  Members
Thomas C. Clark                                      Katherine M. Bristor 
Richard J. Caples
Vice Presidents                                          Thomas C. Clark
Maxine Pollak                                          RuthAnne Dreisbach
Dale Ponikvar                                           Ruta Jureviciute
Virginia Kinzey
Treasurer                                                  Kenneth F. Koen
W. Patrick McMullan III                              Lar Lubovitch
Secretary                                                  Maxine Pollak 
Virginia Kinzey                                          Dale L. Ponikvar 
                                                             Jeffery Sholeen
President Emeritus                                      Beth D. Tractenberg
Katherine M. Bristor

In Memoriam
Michele G. Falkow

Honorary Committee for Prelude to a Dance

F. Murray Abraham                   Bill Irwin
Dave Brubeck                          Paul Labrecque
Dick Button                             James Lapine
Mihail Chemiakin                     Terrence McNally
Constantin Costa-Gavras          Jerry Mitchell
Robin Cousins                         Judith & Samuel Peabody
Kurt Elling                               Bernadette Peters
Dorothy Hamill


For more info on all of the Lubovitch company's plans for our 40th anniversary celebration, please call 212.221.7909, email, or visit us on-line at

-- Bernadette Peters.  Photo by Timothy White.
-- Little Rhapsodies.  Photo by Chris Woltmann.
-- Lar Lubovitch.  Photo by Rose Eichenbaum. 

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

Mission:  The Lubovitch company was created to realize the artistic vision of Lar Lubovitch, one of the foremost contemporary choreographers in the United States.  The company exists: (1) to create new work; (2) to perform those works (and facilitate the performance of those works by others) both in our home base of New York City and around the world; and (3) to teach people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, in order to increase awareness and appreciation of dance.

History:  Over the past 40 years, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company has gained a reputation as one of the world's leading modern dance companies and has performed in virtually every state of the US and in more than 30 foreign countries.  Lar Lubovitch has been cited by The New York Times as "one of the ten best choreographers in the world," and the company has been called a "national treasure" by Variety.  The company is primarily focused on the creation of new dances, sometimes in collaboration with other top companies.

Contact:  The Lubovitch company is located at 229 West 42nd Street, New York NY 10036.  You can reach us at (212) 221-7909 or  Or visit our website at

Support:  Programs of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as by Altria, American Mastepieces: Dance, Irene Diamond Fund, Brooke Garber & Daniel Neidich Fund, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Joyce Theater Foundation, McMullan Family Foundation, National Dance Project, Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, A. Woodner Fund and numerous additional generous individuals, corporations and foundations.

Memberships:  The Lubovitch company is a member of Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, ART/NY, Americans for the Arts and the Arts & Business Council of New York.