New York Theatre Ballet to perform at ECC


The New York Theatre Ballet will perform on March 22 at Edgecombe Community College.


From Contributed Reports

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The New York Theatre Ballet will return to Tarboro to perform in the Edgecombe Community College Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. on March 22, bringing a program of mixed repertoire.

The New York Theatre Ballet has performed in the series annually for the past five years. Sponsored by the Furman Mathewson Trust of Edgecombe County Memorial Library, the performance is free, but reservations are required. For tickets, call the ECC box office at 252-823-5166 Ext. 187.

Works this year will include Jerome Robbins’ “Septet,” David Parker’s “Two Timing” featuring the ballet’s Elena Zahlmann with Tarboro’s own Dirk Lumbard, “Petroushskates” by William Whitener, “The Flames of Paris Pas De Deux,” Frederick Ashton’s “La Chatte” and Antony Tudor’s “Dark Elegies.”

Lumbard, a teacher at East Carolina University and the veteran of seven Broadway shows, is a master-tap dancer and has performed leading roles at Barton, Imperial Center, NCT and Edna Boykin. He will perform in “Two Timing,” a piece performed to Steve Riech’s Clapping Music, with Zahlmann. It features Lambert performing very elaborate clapping music with the ballerina tapping on pointe.

“In the score, a single twelve-count phrase of claps and pauses is methodically altered (the first note keeps becoming the last one). The two performers move close together, always in counterpoint, and eventually the sound-making includes smacks on the floor and other forms of body percussion. It’s a virtuosic number, executed at a good clip,” Deborah Jowitt wrote of “Two Timing” in “Dance Beat.”

The Furman-Mathewson Trust of Edgecombe County Memorial Library is authorized “to provide a perpetual and continuing memorial to the Mathewsons" in the form of a continuing program of superior cultural, literary, educational or scientific presentations for the patrons of the Edgecombe County Memorial Library. The trust has previously helped to bring Maya Angelou, Nicholas Sparks and B.B. King to Edgecombe County and has sponsored free performances of Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio and the Regina Carter Quintet and for the past five years, the New York Theatre Ballet.

With its ever-expanding repertory, New York Theatre Ballet's cutting-edge programming brings fresh insight to classic revivals paired with the modern sensibilities of both established and up-and-coming choreographers. Going strong after 38 years, New York Theatre Ballet's diversity in repertory explores the past while boldly taking risks on the future.