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New York Theatre Ballet: Legends & Visionaries Spring 2024

Opening Date: Feb 29, 2024

Closing Date: Mar 01, 2024

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Playing @

Florence Gould Hall

55 E 59th St New York, NY 10022

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Legends & Visionaries highlights infrequently performed masterpieces by legendary choreographers and new works from contemporary visionaries. In New York Theatre Ballet's spring season, the company is premiering two works by visionaries Gabrielle Lamb, Pauline Kim, Marco Pelle and Federico Pelle, alongside works by legends Merce Cunningham and Jim Sutton.

Minetta Creek, a new work by Gabrielle Lamb with original music by Pauline Kim Harris, will be given its World Premiere. Minetta Creek is loosely based on the layering found in a small geographic spot, now known as Minetta Lane and Minetta Street, on the island of Manhattan. Originally “Manetta,” meaning “evil spirit” or “snake water” in the language of the Munsee Native Americans, the name was changed by the Dutch. Legend has that the underlying creek was inhabited by a snake that had terrorized humanity since the dawn of time, periodically wreaking havoc and making ordinary life impossible. Now paved over and built upon, the creek underneath still exists, and some inhabitants believe the Manette spirit to still remain. Minetta Creek, Lamb’s first work for NYTB, features five dancers and costumes by Carmella Lauer.

Reflections, a new work by Marco Pelle and an original score by Federico Pelle, will be given its World Premiere. The work is part of NYTB’s “Letters To My Father” series, a multi-year, multi-disciplinary commission of dance works all on the theme of male artists writing letters to their fathers. “Letters To My Father” showcases new work built as collaborations between dance maker and composer (or writer, filmmaker or digital artist) to tell the varied stories of relationships between sons and fathers. A work for four dancers, Reflections features costumes by Marco Pelle and Carmella Lauer.

Scramble, Cunningham’s 1967 masterwork, is a work for eight dancers set to music by Toshi Ichiyanagi (Activities for Orchestra). Staged for NYTB by Jennifer Goggans, Scramble features original costume design by Frank Stella, reconstructed by Carmella Lauer.

The duet from Laughing Matters, choreographed by James Sutton, is set to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, Moonlight, arranged and performed by Liberace. Laughing Matters began as a suite of five comedic dances to the music of Liberace and was originally choreographed for Milwaukee Dance Theatre in 1996. The duet on the theme of human connection was first performed by NYTB in 2005 for the company’s Dance on a Shoestring in 2005. Costumes for Laughing Matters are executed by Carmella Lauer.

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Removable seats in last row of orchestra. Please call ahead at (212) 355-6160.


Seats 361.


Yes: elevator available.


There are parking lots on East 58th Street between Lexington and Park, and on East 60th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Streetside parking is also available.

Curb Ramps



Street level at 55 E 59th St, to the right of the Delmonico Building's revolving door.

Box Office

The box office is in the lobby which is street level.


Same level as theatre. One mens room and one womens room.

Water Fountain

The water fountain is wheelchair accessible.


No public phone

Assisted Listening System

Some listening aids.

Visual Assistance


Folding Armrests


Directions Subway

4/5/6 to 59th St.

Directions Bus

M1, M2, M3, M4 or Q32

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4/5/6 to 59th St.

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M1, M2, M3, M4 or Q32