APRIL 3, 2009

Catch a Special Sneak Preview of COLTRANE'S THINGS on May 6

University collaborations take Lubovitch's work to the next generation of dancers

Welcome to the Two Newest Members of Our Family

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Rigert, Morinoue, Malone & Jimenez in Elemental Brubeck. Photo: Rose Eichenbaum.
Rigert, Morinoue, Malone & Jimenez in Elemental Brubeck. Photo: Rose Eichenbaum.

With our triumphant 40th anniversary season behind us, Lar Lubovitch and the company are looking forward toward the creation of our next new dance. Next week, on April 7, Lar and the dancers will enter the studios to begin work on Coltrane's Things, which will be set to the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane's famous interpretation of the classic Richard Rodgers song, "My Favorite Things." Coltrane's Things will become the third dance in a trilogy of Lubovitch dances reinterpreting jazz. The trilogy will include Elemental Brubeck (2005) and Nature Boy (2005) [originally entitled Love's Stories]. The company will stage the world premiere of Coltrane's Things a year from now, in February 2010 at the company's two-week season of performances at the Joyce Theater.

But you can see the work-in-progress now. After only a few weeks of the creative period, we are inviting you to a special sneak preview of the work-in-progress. We are hosting the preview on May 6, 2009 at 6:30pm at the spectacular event space at the Helen Mills Theater at 137 West 26th Street.

The event, which will help underwrite the costs of creating the work, will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30pm, followed by the performance from 7:30pm--8:00pm, and a continuation of the reception following until 8:30pm. The company's dancers will join those in attendance. Live music throughout will be provided by the internationally renowned recording artist Javon Jackson (on the saxophone) and his jazz trio. At the end of the reception at 8:30pm, contributors at the benefactor level will enjoy an exclusive private dinner with Lar Lubovitch himself. Ticket prices for this event are $250, $500 or $1000. All proceeds will support the creation of Coltrane's Things.

For more information about the company, visit our website For more info about the event or to purchase tickets, click SNEAK PREVIEW or call the Lubovitch office at 212-221-7909.


University collaborations take Lubovitch's work
to the next generation of dancers

North Star. Photo: Lois Greenfield.
North Star. Photo: Lois Greenfield.

In addition to our tours to 23 cities this year (and our home seasons at DTW and NY City Center), the company has also been actively engaged with universities nationwide. By the close of our 2008-09 season in June, the company will have set 4 works on a total of three college ensembles.

In the fall of last year, Lubovitch and a couple of our dancers worked with students from the Juilliard School, setting Whirligogs and North Star on the students in the senior class. This past weekend, those students performed North Star in Juilliard's spring concert. They will also be taking their performance on tour to Caen, Paris and Dresden in May and June.

In describing last weekend's performance, the veteran dance observer Tobi Tobias wrote that North Star "is the most telling example of this choreographer's treating a bevy of bodies as a single, magically fluent organism. Dancers clad in loose black garments cling loosely to one another on a night-dark stage, illuminated only by slim shafts of down-light. They join as a group, then as two quartets, to waft fluently like seaweed in an ocean that can turn turbulent or tender. A vehemently spasmodic solo--seemingly for a prophetess destined, ominously, to be ignored or scorned--punctuates the pacific mood."

This spring, company members will set Marimba on two other college ensembles: John Dayger will set the work on students at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Scott Rink will set the work on students at the North Carolina School for the Arts.

Welcome to the Two Newest Members of Our Family

Reid Bartelme.
Reid Bartelme.

The Lubovitch company is pleased to welcome two new members to our ever-growing family: new dancer Reid Bartelme and new board member Helen Mills.

DANCER: Reid Bartelme was born in New York City. He began his dance training at Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied music. He continued his dance training at SUNY Purchase and Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle. He has previously danced with Ballet Met, Alberta Ballet, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Kyle Abraham, and Jack Ferver.


BOARD MEMBER: Hailing originally from Kentucky, Helen Mills is an entrepreneur in real estate investment and management. In addition, she operates a special event space and theater -- the Helen Mills Theater (the location of our upcoming sneak preview event!) -- and operates, a website dedicated to off-off-Broadway theater news and reviews. Helen also cultivates her interests in gardening, farming, reading, travel and the visual and performing arts. In addition to the Lubovitch company, Helen is on the board of Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. Previously, she was a board member of Manhattan Country School, and she has also been an active volunteer for the schools and colleges that her children have attended. Helen is a C.P.A. and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She and her husband Gary Tannenbaum have three children, Charles, Kate and Isabelle.


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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 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.