Kaatsbaan to Honor Diana Byer at 10/29/16 NYTB Concert

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 30, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

Kaatsbaan International Dance Cente  120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY

Adults – $30.00, Student Rush (with ID) and Children – $10

CONTACT:              Prudence Garcia-Renart 845-757-5106 x2 or 10

                                   email: pgrkaats@bestweb.net


Kaatsbaan to Honor Diana Byer at 10/29/16 NYTB Concert


Diana Byer, Artistic Director of New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), is this year’s recipient of Kaatsbaan International Dance Center’s Playing Field Award.  The presentation will follow NYTB’s October 29, 2017 7:30 p.m. performance at Kaatsbaan. Under Ms. Byer’s direction, NYTB has become one of the nation’s leading chamber ballet companies.  For thirty-eight years Ms. Byer has produced dozens of classic and contemporary ballets including works by Anthony Tudor, Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, and José Limón.  Again and again NYTB has received praise for it restoration and revival of small masterworks, its innovative children’s ballets and its unflagging attention to the work of talented young choreographers.  In addition Ms. Byer is a renowned teacher, following in the steps of her own teacher/mentor, Margaret Craske, torchbearer of Cecchetti technique.


Over the years Ms. Byer and NYTB have spent many weeks in residence at Kaatsbaan working on repertoire for performance as well as creating new works with contemporary choreographers.  Two of the works to be presented on 10/29/16were created and developed at Kaatsbaan.  Broadway choreographer, Chase Brock’s Misfit Movement Makers was developed during this most recent residency to honor Ms. Byer on this occasion and her years of work with NYTB. Perhaps as a nod to the company’s diversity Mr. Brock said of his work, “I see this new ballet as a millennial folk dance, a dance that will feel current without feeling contemporary”.


The evening’s program will offer audiences a new installment of NYTB’s Legends & Visionaries. In addition to the world premiere of Chase Brock’s Misfit Movement Makers, audiences will enjoy Nicolo Fonte’s There and Back Again(developed at Kaatsbaan in 2014), Song Before Spring, choreographed by Zhong-Jing Fang (American Ballet Theatre) and Steven Melendez (New York Theatre Ballet, principal dancer) to Philip Glass’ Piano Etudes and Pam Tanowitz’s Short Memory set to music by Lou Harrison and Henry Cowell.


In honor of Diana Byer it will be a “Champagne Evening” at Kaatsbaan on October 29, 2017 with a reception following the program and presentation of the Playing Fields Award.  The audience is cordially invited to attend the reception.


Kaatsbaan is a nonprofit, professional creative residence and performance facility situated on a 153-acre historic site in Tivoli, NY.  Founded in 1990, it provides dance companies, choreographers, composers, set designers and all dance artists with a setting where they can create and showcase new work, rehearse, perform and develop new productions.  It serves dance communities across the US and around the world.


Interviews available upon request

Please contact Prudence Garcia-Renart, Program Manager at 845-757-5106 x10.

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