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JAN 19, 2016

Lubovitch to be honored with major award by American Dance Festival

Men's Stories to be performed at ADF on July 11 & 12

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Lubovitch to be honored with major award by American Dance Festival
Lar Lubovitch. Photo: NYC Dance Project.
Lar Lubovitch. Photo: NYC Dance Project.

The American Dance Festival (ADF) announced today that it will present the 2016 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement to Lar Lubovitch. Established in 1981 by Samuel H. Scripps, the annual award honors choreographers who have dedicated their lives and talent to the creation of modern dance. Lubovitch's work, acclaimed throughout the world, is renowned for its musicality, emotional style, highly technical choreography, and deeply humanistic voice. The award will be presented to Lubovitch in a brief ceremony on Monday, July 11th at 7:00pm, prior to Lar Lubovitch Dance Company's performance at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

"We are exceptionally delighted to honor Lar Lubovitch with this award. For decades, his breathtaking work has drawn audiences with its big, full-bodied, fluid movement, and year after year, he continues to draw the best dancers in the industry to perform his gorgeous works," stated ADF Director Jodee Nimerichter.

Founded in 1934, ADF is an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, students, critics, musicians, and scholars to learn and create in a supportive environment. ADF has been presenting the best in modern dance for 83 years.

Over the past 35 years, the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award has been presented to Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Hanya Holm, Alwin Nikolais, Katherine Dunham, Alvin Ailey, Erick Hawkins, Twyla Tharp, Anna Sokolow, Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Trisha Brown, Meredith Monk, Anna Halprin, Fayard and Harold Nicholas, Pina Bausch, Pilobolus, Garth Fagan, Maguy Marin, Eiko and Koma, Bill T. Jones, Murray Louis, Mark Morris, Laura Dean, Ohad Naharin, Martha Clarke, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, William Forsythe, Lin Hwai-min, Anjelin Preljocaj, and posthumously in honor of Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, José Limón, Pearl Primus, and Helen Tamiris.

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Men's Stories to be performed at ADF on July 11 & 12
Men's Stories: A Concerto in Ruin. Photo: Rose Eichembaum.
Men's Stories: A Concerto in Ruin. Photo: Rose Eichembaum.

On July 11 & 12 at the American Dance Festival, the Lubovitch company will present a program featuring 5 of his greatest works. Each program will include excerpts from Scriabin Dances (1977), North Star (1978), Concerto Six Twenty-Two (1986), and Othello, A Dance in Three Acts (1997), as well as the complete master work, Men’s Stories: A Concerto in Ruin (2000).

According to Dance Magazine, “’Men’s Stories’ has become a signature work for Lubovitch, and rightly so. This dark, haunting vision condenses several qualities – athleticism; fluidity and feminity; the closed-door clubbiness of a guild – into a delirious pageant of virtuosity. [The dancers strike] an ideal balance between maturity – not age, but life experience – and technical brilliance, both keys to Lubovitch’s art.” “Visually stunning and beautifully danced, the piece keeps its emotional secrets but provokes queries to resolve, as we each feel them.” The New York Times likewise summed up the work by saying: “‘Men’s Stories’ is a plush, satisfying work” and one that achieves a “choreographic ideal."

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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 47 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 40 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 Or visit our website at

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 the Howard Gilman Foundation, 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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