Announcing the U.S. Premiere of "Elemental Brubeck" and the return of "Men's Stories."
November 8 - 12.


The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company to perform in New York City at the Skirball Center at NYU.
** Four performances only. **
Featuring the U.S. premiere of Elemental Brubeck.

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Special Event:
To recognize his contributions to the performing arts, the Lubovitch company honors Dr. L. Jay Oliva, President Emeritus of NYU and Executive Producer of the Skirball Center. Limited invitations still available. Click here.

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The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company to perform in New York City at the Skirball Center at NYU.
** Four performances only. **
Featuring the U.S. premiere of Elemental Brubeck.


Lar Lubovitch and his renowned Lar Lubovitch Dance Company return to Greenwich Village-having celebrated their 36th anniversary at Washington Square Church last year - for a four-night stand presented by NYU's Jack H. Skirball Center, in association with the company.

          They will perform the U.S. premiere of Lubovitch's Elemental Brubeck and a reprise of their highly acclaimed Men's Stories. The anticipated performances will take place at 8:00 P.M. on the evenings of November 8, 10, 11, and 12.

          Over 37 years leading his company in dances described by The New York Times as "lushly romantic, passionate, tender" and "shamelessly beautiful," Lubovitch has drawn on a number of musical styles, from classical (Bach, Stravinsky, Ravel) to standards (Cole Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein) to rock (The Doors, Tom Waits and Annie Lennox). He was among the first to use the music of new music pioneers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

          For Elemental Brubeck, Lubovitch brings his poetic, lyrical choreography to a music defined by similar qualities and rarely mined in his choreography to date: jazz. The work, which the San Francisco Ballet premiered in Paris to acclaim this summer, appropriates three pieces from the Dave Brubeck Quartet's 1963 album Time Changes: "Iberia," "Theme from Elementals," and "Elementals." The choreography combines aspects of bebop and early 20th century American film with a modern, athletic sensibility.

          Of the San Francisco Ballet's performance of the work, London's The Independent raved, "Lubovitch finds a freedom in the form [of jazz] that is genuinely uplifting." For the U.S. premiere at the Skirball Center, Elemental Brubeck will be performed by members of Lubovitch's own company for the first time.

          The program for the company's four nights at the Skirball Center also includes Lubovitch's sexy, critically lauded Men's Stories, which features an all-male cast of nine dancers. With an audio collage and original score by composer Scott Marshall, based on Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, the work conveys the individual and shared stories of these men without words, relying solely on movement and music.

          The choreography unfolds as a series of scenarios-rather than through a single, uninterrupted, overall narrative-that ranges from pensive and melancholy to virtuosic and acrobatic, replete with fistfights, duets, and breathtaking solos.

          In reviews of the original New York run of the piece in 2000, The Village Voice called Men's Stories "one of Lubovitch's finest," and The New York Times described it as a "joyous, poignant expression of everything that Mr. Lubovitch seems to have had in mind about the personalities, histories and distinctive movement styles of the nine terrific male dancers for whom the piece was created."

          The company's dancers are: Julian Barnett, Griff Braun, Patrick Corbin, Jay Franke, Junichi Fukuda, Roger C. Jeffrey, Tai Jimenez, Gabby Malone, Miho Morinoue, Rebecca Rigert, Scott Rink, Kevin Scarpin, Sean Stewart, Michael Leon Thomas, and Rasta Thomas.  For bios and headshots of company dancers, visit the Lubovith company website.

          Tickets for performances can be purchased in person at the Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place (Washington Square South); online at; or by calling Ticket Central at 212.279.4200. NYU Students can purchase tickets to all Skirball presentations for $12 per show.

          Skirball has also launched their new Insider Program-a flexible, significantly discounted advance ticket purchase plan. Skirball "Insiders" who purchase tickets to two shows in advance will receive a 20% discount. A purchase of three or more shows in advance translates to a 30% discount. Benefits include early ordering privileges, prime seat locations, and invitations to special private events.

          Media contact: Blake Zidell or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000, or

More about the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

          One of this country's most versatile, popular, and widely seen choreographers, Lar Lubovitch founded the award-winning Lar Lubovitch Dance Company 37 years ago and has choreographed more than 100 dances for the company. Based in New York City, the company has performed in virtually all 50 states of this country as well as in more than 30 foreign countries throughout the world.

          Lubovitch's musically sophisticated works have also been  included in the repertories of other select companies throughout the world, including the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,  and Netherlands Dance Theater.

          One of the most impressive new works created by the company in the last few years was the acclaimed evening-length version of Othello - produced by the Lubovitch company in an unprecedented 3-way collaboration with American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet.

          TV viewers were treated to Lubovitch's powerful Othello in an Emmy-nominated installment of the PBS Great Performances series, and Broadway-goers were introduced to Lubovitch via his Tony-nominated choreography for Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Recently, Lubovitch starred as himself in and provided the choreography for the acclaimed Robert Altman film The Company.

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More about the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

          NYU's Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, located off of Washington Square South at 566 LaGuardia Place, provides a large-scale, professional performance space for university productions and events and live professional performances from around the world.  The 860-seat theater (which opened in October 2003) hosts the only major university-based professional performing arts presenting program in Manhattan. 

          The Center presents theater, dance, music, music theater, and opera, solo performance, comedy, video, film, and public affairs events. Its mission is to serve the NYU community while building young audiences (age 18 - 40) for live performance by reaching out to them with a broad range of world-class, forward-thinking work at low ticket prices.

          The Skirball Center is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South.

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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 37 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.  For the past ten years, the company has focused on the creation of new dances, sometimes created through unique collaborations with other top companies including American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet.

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 Lubovtich 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, Atlantic Philanthropies, US Trust Company of NY, Irene Diamond Fund, Brooke Garber & Daniel Neidich Fund, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Carl Jacobs Fund, McMullan Family Foundation, Rodgers Family Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark 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 and the Arts & Business Council.