New York Theatre Ballet Event Schedule

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), New York City’s 45-year-old classical ballet company, will give its first-ever performance at the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genessee Community College in Batavia, New York on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 7:00PM. The company’s “Legends & Visionaries” program includes three works by established choreographers as well as a work-in-progress by NYTB Artistic Director Steven Melendez. During a three week-long residency sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts, NYTB will also offer “open studio” rehearsals, free for the public to attend, Tuesday through Friday, May 28-31 from 11:00AM- 1:00PM.

Works to be presented at the Stuart Steiner Theatre on Saturday, June 8 include James Sutton’sLaughing Matters, a whimsical duet on the subject of human connection set to Ludwig von Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata; Roses (1990), a work for two dancers choreographed by former Merce Cunningham dancer Douglas Dunn and set to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff; and DNR choreographed by NYTB Artistic Director Steven Melendez to commissioned music by David K. Israel. DNR is part of NYTB’s “Letters to My Father” project, a multi-year, multi-disciplinary commission of four dance works, all on a theme of fatherhood and created by diverse teams of male-identifying choreographers, composers, and spoken word artists.

New York Theatre Ballet’s residency with GO ART! and performances at Genessee Community College will also include a work-in-progress, Tickling Titans (Part I). With choreography by Melendez, music Frederic Chopin, and costumes by Carmella Lauer, Tickling Titans had its creative beginnings in 2016. Melendez will return to the piece during the company’s three-week residency at the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

Free Community Events
New York Theatre Ballet will host free community events throughout the region featuring informal conversations on the art form, demonstrations, and workshops. Venues include the Medina YMCA, The Genessee County Office for the Aging, GO ART!, The Hoag Library in Albion, The Agri-Business Child Development, Batavia City Middle School, and The World Life Institute in Medina. NYTB will also walk in the Batavia Memorial Day Parade. “Establishing New York Theatre Ballet as a dance company for all of New York State is part of our vision of the future,” said NYTB Artistic Director Melendez. “I am beyond words with gratitude to the Genessee Orleans Arts Council for bringing NYTB into this region of New York for the first time in our history. With continued support from this community, we intend to return frequently.”

“Legends & Visionaries” performers include Giulia Faria, Jonathan Leonard, Kieran McBride, Nathan Rommel, and Sarah Stafford.

All seats for NYTB’s “Legends & Visionaries” are pay-what-you-wish, with a suggested donation of $10. For tickets and information, please visit https://nytb.org/tickets.

The Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College is located at One College Road in Batavia, New York.

This program and the GO ART! residency is made possible by generous support and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

DNR was made possible with support from William and Luz MacArthur, and Allan Shedlin with the Daddy Appleseed Fund.

Music for DNR by David K. Israel is underwritten by the DADvocacy Consulting Group.

About New York Theatre Ballet
Under the artistic direction of Steven Melendez, New York Theatre Ballet’s mission is to perform small classic masterpieces and new contemporary works for adults and innovative hour-long ballets for young children, all at affordable prices. The mission is carried out in the work of the Professional Company, the NYTB School directed by Diana Byer, and the LIFT Community Service Program. Together, these divisions reach adults and family audiences across the country, building a love for dance and diverse audiences for the future.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 21st
Batavia Middle School
96 Ross Street, Batavia, NY
“My Brother’s Keeper” Presentation and Q&A
2:45 pm – 3:50 pm

Wednesday, May 22nd
Agri-Business Child Development
18 Brooklyn Avenue, Batavia, NY 14020
“Between the Acts” Preschool Class
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, May 25th
Hoag Library
134 South Main Street, Albion, NY 14411
“Between the Acts” Demo and Talkback/Q&A
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Monday, May 27th
City of Batavia
Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020
Memorial Day Parade
9:30 am

Tuesday, May 28th
Genesee Community College
One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020
Open Rehearsal
11:15 am – 1:00 pm

Genesee County Office for the Aging
2 Bank St, Batavia, NY 14020
“Lift” screening and Talkback/Q&A
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

GO ART!
201 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020
“Between the Acts” Meet and Greet with the performers
5:30 pm

Wednesday, May 29th
Genesee Community College
One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020
Open Rehearsal
11:15 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday, May 30th
Genesee Community College
One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020
Open Rehearsal
11:15 am – 1:00 pm

Friday, May 31st
Genesee Community College
One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020
Open Rehearsal
11:15 am – 1:00 pm

Orleans County YMCA
306 Pearl St, Medina, NY 14103
“Between the Acts” Demo and Talkback/Q&A
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Monday, June 3rd
Batavia Middle School
96 Ross Street, Batavia, NY
“Between the Acts”
Grade 6 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Grade 5 2:00- 2:45 p.m.

World Life Institute
13302 Stillwater Road, Waterport, NY 14571
“Between the Acts” Demo and Talkback/Q&A
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, June 4th
GO ART!
201 East Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
“Lift” screening and Talkback/Q&A
6:30 pm – 8:30pm

Saturday, June 8th
Stuart Steiner Theatre
Genesee Community College
One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020
“Legends & Visionaries” Performance
7:00 pm
All seats for NYTB’s “Legends & Visionaries” are pay-what-you-wish, with a suggested
donation of $10. For tickets and information, please visit https://nytb.org/tickets.

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