New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) will perform two of Richard Alston's works this season, A Rugged Flourish and the U.S. premiere of Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms. Known for his instinctive musicality, The New York Times' Alastair Macaulay called Alston "one of the most musically astute choreographers alive."
The winter/spring program also includes Jerome Robbins' Rondo (not seen in NYC since 1982), Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies and Romeo and Juliet, José Limón's The Moor's Pavane and, as a nod to the 50th Anniversary of the Judson Dance Theater movement, James Waring's An Eccentric Beauty Revisited and Feathers.
NYTB is proud to continue its tradition as an incubator for new art by commissioning new works. This year it presents two world premieres made for the Company by Gemma Bond and Pam Tanowitz.
Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms by Richard Alston is inspired by Vermeer's paintings. The ballet, a pas de deux, conveys a delicacy of feeling masking the formal facade of propriety and gracious behavior. Jo Kondo's Ars Breview, music inspired by Denis Gaultier's 17th century lute pieces, adds a more overt picture of the undercurrents swirling beneath a demeanor of dignity.
A Rugged Flourish by Richard Alston is set to Aaron Copland's Piano Variations and will be performed to live music. This piece was choreographed for NYTB and premiered in the 2010. As Mr Alston describes, "Copland's Piano Variations have a brave stony rigour, repeatedly ringing out in grand gesture. A Rugged Flourish portrays a young hero's courage and determination - strong enough to be alone, yet all the stronger for eventually accepting the company."