New York Theatre Ballet presents rarely seen classics April 23 & 24
***Dancer Steven Melendez returns to company as Guest Artist***
New York, NY – New York Theatre Ballet recreates classic ballets by legendary choreographers at Signatures 10, April 23 & 24 @ 7:00 pm at intimate Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, NYC. Tickets are $25; student tickets are $15 (plus a $1 facility fee). Go to www.nytb.org for online reservations or call Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100 or the Box Office at 212-355-6160.
Antony Tudor's Soiree Musicale will be performed professionally for the first time in decades by New York Theatre Ballet, which is known for its Tudor repertoire. The classic ballet, danced to a suite of Rossini melodies arranged by Benjamin Britten, premiered at London's Palladium Theatre in 1938.
NYTB's repertoire also includes Frederick Ashton's fanciful Capriol Suite. Based on a collection of period dances from the 16th century, the ballet maintains a fresh, charming and poignantly inventive style throughout. The dance was an immediate sensation at its 1930 London premiere.
The company exuberantly captures the variety of emotions – from playful to profound - in Suite from Mazurkas, an energetic sequence of dances by Jose Limón. Set to music by Frederick Chopin, Limon choreographed this tribute to the heroic spirit of the Polish in 1958.
Agnes de Mille's Three Virgins and a Devil, a humorous work in which the devil plots to entice the virgins on their way to a nunnery, was a hit at its 1938 premiere in London. It continues to delight audiences at NYTB performances in New York and throughout the country.
New York Theatre Ballet is pleased to announce the return of Steven Melendez, who appears as Guest Artist. Steven began his training at age 7 in NYTB's LIFT Program, a community outreach program that provides scholarships for year-round study at NYTB (as well as books, clothing, mentoring and other help) to children from New York City shelters.
As a teen, Steven performed leading roles with the company from 2001 through 2005. In 2006 he was invited to Buenos Aires as a Guest Soloist with Ballet Concierto where his repertory included Carmen, Don Quixote, Symphonic Variations and Borodin. The following year, he joined the Vanemuine Theater Ballet Company in Tartu, Estonia as a Principal dancer, performing in Onegin, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Peter Pan, Par Isberg's Sleeping Beauty and Ruslan Stepanov's Kevade. He is currently a Principal Artist on leave from The Ballet Company of Yokohama. Steven received a Diploma from the 5th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary in 2008.
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