Founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, New York Theatre Ballet has distinguished itself as the country's most widely seen chamber ballet company, receiving widespread acclaim for for restoring and reviving small masterworks by great choreographers. Rarely-seen dances by Antony Tudor (such as the masterful Lilac Garden) were lovingly restaged by Tudor specialist Sallie Wilson, while Gemze de Lappe has recreated many treasures by her mentor, Agnes de Mille. Known as a dancer, director, and writer as well as a choreographer, de Mille looms as a true Renaissance woman among 20th century artists. Her revolutionary concept of using dance to advance the plot in musicals may be glimpsed in this excerpt from Brigadoon, which followed her groundbreaking work in Oklahoma! and Carousel.
Dance Title: "Come to Me, Bend to Me" from Brigadoon
Choreography: Agnes de Mille (1947)
Staging: Gemze de Lappe
Music: Frederick Loewe (performed live by Ferdy Tumakaka)