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New York Theatre Ballet Receives NEA Grant for Antique Epigraphs

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New York Theatre Ballet has received an NEA grant to present Jerome Robbins' "Antique Epigraphs." Kyra Nichols, one of the original cast, will stage it. The premiere is set for February 2016 at New York Live Arts.

Here is the announcement:

The National Endowment of the Arts has awarded New York Theatre Ballet a grant to support the restaging of Jerome Robbins' 1984 Antique Epigraphs. The ballet will premiere in February 2016 at New York Live Arts, where Jennifer Tipton's original lighting will also be recreated.

Antique Epigraphs is a 20-minute dance for 8 women, set to Claude Debussy's Six Epigraphs Antiques (for piano with four hands) and Syrinx ( for solo flute). NYTB will perform the ballet with live accompaniment as part of its Legends & Visionaries 2016.

New York Theatre Ballet is thrilled to once again work with Kyra Nichols, who staged NYTB's production of Robbins' Rondo in 2013. Kyra will restage Antique Epigraphs in the fall at NYTB.

This grant from the NEA supports New York Theatre Ballet's mission to present innovative programs combining revivals of classic masterpieces by choreographers like Jerome Robbins with new contemporary ballets by up and coming artists.

The original cast was:

  • Purple: Kyra Nichols
  • Brown: Stephanie Saland
  • Blue Maria Calegari
  • Green: Simone Schumacher
  • Red: Helene Alexopoulos
  • Gold: Victoria Hall
  • Tan: Jerri Kummery
  • Brick: Florence Fitzgerald
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