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JUNE 11, 2014


Lubovitch awarded Honorary Doctorate by Juilliard

Concerto Six Twenty-Two performed at London’s Royal Opera House to great acclaim

Upcoming performances by our friends at RIOULT Dance NY


Lubovitch awarded Honorary Doctorate by Juilliard
Lar Lubovitch awaiting presentation of his doctorate. On Lubovitch's right is fellow honoree Frank Gehry, and on his left is fellow honoree Philip Glass. (Photo by Mike Coppola / Getty Images North America).
Lar Lubovitch awaiting presentation of his doctorate. On Lubovitch's right is fellow honoree Frank Gehry, and on his left is fellow honoree Philip Glass. (Photo by Mike Coppola / Getty Images North America).
Last month Lubovitch was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by his alma mater, the Juilliard School. Lubovitch studied at the school in the 60’s under Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Antony Tudor. In the intervening years, he has frequently returned to the school to teach or set his works on the students, and over the past 45 years many of the school’s alumni have become members of the Lubovitch company.

Lubovitch was honored along with Viola Davis, Joyce DiDonato, Frank Gehry, Philip Glass, Bruce & Suzanne Kovner and Marcus Roberts.

This fall, a group of Juilliard students will have a special opportunity to work with the company (details to follow).

Concerto Six Twenty-Two performed at London’s Royal Opera House to great acclaim
The opening section of Concerto Six Twenty-Two, as performed at the Royal Oopre House by Northern Ballet. (Photo by Emma Kaulhar.)
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The opening section of Concerto Six Twenty-Two, as performed at the Royal Oopre House by Northern Ballet. (Photo by Emma Kaulhar.)
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Over the past 45 years, Lar Lubovitch has created more than 100 dances for the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, but, of all those, one of the company’s most renowned works is surely Concerto Six Twenty-Two. This spring Lubovitch taught the work to Britain’s Northern Ballet, and last month they performed it in the Linbury Theater of London’s Royal Opera House. As always, the audience reception was electric. The critics were equally effusive.

The Times declared the work “a classic,” praising the “potent… tender central adagio for two men.” The British Theatre Guide said the work is “fresh and full of the pleasures of being alive,” likewise praising “the male duet, a spine-tingling tender bromance [that] is breathtakingly beautiful, expressive of the music’s deamy sigh.”


Seen and Heard International called the work “simply gorgeous” and went on to say: “Although nearly thirty years old, Concerto Six Twenty-Two is still as fresh and striking as on its very first performance. Lubovitch’s choreography is imaginative and works in perfect harmony with Mozart’s music, becoming an integral part of it…Concerto Six Twenty-Two is exactly as the music is: joyful, harmonious, subtle and, at times, sublime. Its male duet, created to the second movement of the Clarinet Concerto (adagio) still has to be one of the most memorable moments of two men dancing together in the whole history of ballet.”

DanceTabs echoed the unanimous consensus of the critics that Concerto is one of Lubovitch’s “most famous and enduring works,” pointing out that it “was created when the impact of AIDS was starting to become fully apparent, and its life affirming nature lifts us all and scoffs at any prejudice.”

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Upcoming performances by our friends at RIOULT Dance NY


Please check out next week’s performances at the Joyce Theater by our friends from RIOULT Dance NY.

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

Mission: The Lubovitch company was created to realize the artistic vision of Lar Lubovitch, one of the foremost contemporary choreographers in the United States. The company exists: (1) to create new work; (2) to perform those works (and facilitate the performance of those works by others) both in our home base of New York City and around the world; and (3) to teach people of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, in order to increase awareness and appreciation of dance.

History: Over the past 45 years, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company has gained a reputation as one of the world's leading modern dance companies and has performed in virtually every state of the US and in more than 30 foreign countries. Lar Lubovitch has been cited as one of the ten best choreographers in the world, and the company has been called a "national treasure" by Variety. The company is primarily focused on the creation of new dances, sometimes in collaboration with other top companies.

Contact: The Lubovitch company is located at 229 West 42nd Street, New York NY 10036. You can reach us at (212) 221-7909 or Lubovitch@aol.com. Or visit our website at www.lubovitch.org.

Support: Programs of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as by Harkness Foundation for Dance, McMullan Family Foundation, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts (with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), New York Community Trust, O'Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation, Little One Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Emma Sheafer Charitable Trust, Shubert Foundation, A. Woodner Fund and numerous additional generous individuals, corporations and foundations.

Memberships: The Lubovitch company is a member of Dance/USA, Dance/NYC, Americans for the Arts and the Arts & Business Council of New York.
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