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New York Theatre Ballet Comes to New York Live Arts Tonight

New York Theatre Ballet will perform at New York Live Arts from today, February 18-21, 2015. New York Live Arts is located at 219 W. 19th Street, NYC. Performances: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm; and Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students), and are available online at http://www.newyorklivearts.org/event/nytb_2015, by calling the Live Arts box office at 212.691.6500, or by visiting the box office, Monday-Saturday 1pm - 9pm and Sunday 1pm - 8pm.

NYTB at New York Live Arts will host a Benefit Celebration to honor Elena Zahlmann (NYTB member for 15 years), Steven Melendez (NYTB member for 15 years) and Keith Michael (NYTB choreographer for 35 years). The benefit will take place at I Trulli restaurant (122 East 27th Street) from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm on February 21st, 2015. Benefit tickets are $200 (includes reception and one ticket to an NYTB at NYLA performance of your choice). RSVP for benefit tickets by February 1st via email: admin@nytb.org or via phone 212-679-0401.

New York Theatre Ballet will present four ballets in an unforgettable evening. The program will include two world premieres by Nicolo Fonte and Pam Tanowitz. Nicolo Fonte is choreographing There, And Back Again, a 20-minute piece for four dancers inspired by the Brothers Grimm classic story "Hansel & Gretel" in a wholly contemporary esthetic, performed to a new score composed by Kevin Keller for piano and violin. Pam Tanowitz will create One Plus One, a new 13-minute ballet for ten dancers set to the Andante movement of Beethoven's Sonata in DMajor #15, which will be played live on piano two times at different tempos. The dance is based on the "pas de deux" and will be used as a metaphor for the age-old notion of unrequited love. The company will also revive Merce Cunningham's trio Cross Currents, staged by Jennifer Goggans, performed to an arrangement by John Cage of Conlon Nancarrow's Rhythm Studies for Player Piano Nos. 1-6. The evening is completed by a revival of Keith Michael's The Alice-In-Wonderland Follies, which Broadway World called "A fantastic production...there is no more delightful or charming production to be found in New York City."

ABOUT NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET - New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, is the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States and has been hailed by The New York Times as "an invaluable company." NYTB is dedicated to inspiring a love of dance in diverse audiences through performances of chamber ballet masterpieces and bold new works, as well as innovative one-hour ballets for children, all at affordable prices.

By pairing the ballets of legendary creators with those of contemporary visionaries, NYTB brings a new understanding and appreciation of dance. The approach to live performance for children is groundbreaking and unique. New York Theatre Ballet offers an annual series of hour-long ballets tailored to the attention span of young audience members, while offering high production values and clever choreography sophisticated enough for discerning parents.

NYTB is committed to reaching underserved audiences by performing in small cities throughout the U.S. Its professional school provides ballet training based on the Cecchetti syllabus. Classes are offered at affordable prices. Scholarships are awarded to talented homeless and underserved children along with support for well-rounded learning.

ABOUT NEW YORK LIVE ARTS - New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is Bill T. Jones, Artistic Director, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer.

We commission, produce and present performances in our 20,000 square foot home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square foot studios that can be combined into one large studio. New York Live Arts serves as home base for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, provides an extensive range of participatory programs for adults and young people and supports the continuing professional development of artists.

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