Letter from the Artistic Director

Dear Friends,

For the past 68 years, our Company has shared the power and poignancy of modern dance with audiences around the world. Though the last two years forced us to make major adjustments, we have only become more proud of our history, more bold in our aspirations, and more optimistic about the future of our art form.

By joining us for live performance, you send us a strong vote of confidence and provide our most important fuel – a live audience. Thank you.

As we emerge into a post-pandemic world, I intend to celebrate the unique energy we share together, exploring and expanding a repertory that fosters individuality, athleticism, emotional sincerity, innovation, and, of course, community. With Paul Taylor’s repertory anchoring us, a roster of renowned collaborators and dancemakers, Lauren Lovette as our resident choreographer, and a company of extraordinary dancers, we will move forward together.

These seven performances mark the first time in two years we have danced in a New York theater. To make this return at such a beloved house – New York City Center – along with Ballet Hispánico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Martha Graham Dance Company, is significant. This festival demonstrates the range of our artform and the resilience of its artists in a compelling way, and we are proud to be part of it.

For these special performances, I chose to present a collection of beautiful, life-affirming, and thrilling dances from our ever-expanding repertory. Paul Taylor’s Airs, Brandenburgs, Esplanade, Offenbach Overtures, and Roses are joined by Larry Keigwin’s electrifying Rush Hour. We also present the world premiere of Resident Choreographer Lauren Lovette’s lush Pentimento, set to music by Alberto Ginastera. In addition, Maestro David LaMarche will make his debut as Music Director conducting our long-time musical partner, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, who will perform live on every program. It is a series of performances meant to heartily welcome us all back.

Thank you for being part of it.  Enjoy the performance.

PHOTO CREDITS (top to bottom | left to right) Header photo of Devon Louis and  Company in Larry Keigwin’s Rush Hour, Whitney Brown; portrait of Michael Novak by Bill Wadman.

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