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JULY 7, 2016

A new reason to celebrate at the New Victory Theater on July 21st:
A new reason to celebrate at the New Victory Theater on July 21st:
Rasta Thomas in Little Rhapsodies. Photo: Steven Schreiber.
Rasta Thomas in Little Rhapsodies. Photo: Steven Schreiber.

TODAY, THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT IRVINE (UCI) NAMED LUBOVITCH A DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR, joining the dance department at the university’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts. (Lubovitch will, at the same time, continue to lead and create pieces with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, now headed toward its 50th anniversary.)

Stephen Barker, dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts said “The addition of internationally renowned choreographer Lar Lubovitch to the UCI dance faculty is both an enhancement of the CTSA’s remarkable history of dance education and performance – beginning with Eugene Loring and continuing through Donald McKayle – and an exciting prospect for world-class dance to come.”

Barker added, “For decades, Lar has been the creator of some of the most provocative innovations in modern dance. Having choreographed his first piece in the late 1960s, Lubovitch has been at the center of the dance world ever since. He made his Broadway debut working with Stephen Sondheim on 1987’s ‘Into the Woods’ and has become a dance legend across every performance medium. His versatility will be of enormous value to our students and audiences; he’ll stretch their dance horizons and enchant them with his wit and creativity. The entire faculty of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts – and UCI in general – offers Lar Lubovitch the heartiest welcome.”


Little Rhapsodies. Photo: Chris Duggan for Jacob's Pillow.
Little Rhapsodies. Photo: Chris Duggan for Jacob's Pillow.

We’ve got a lot to celebrate, and we’d love to have you with us.
We’ll be celebrating:

May 25 -- our world premiere in St. Petersburg (Russia),
June 13 -- induction into the list of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures,
July 11 -- the Scripps / American Dance Festival Award.

As part of the acclaimed summer series Victory Dance,
presented by The New Victory Theater the company will perform
Little Rhapsodies,
one of the company's signature works, set to piano etudes by Robert Schumann. Little Rhapsodies, for a trio of men, showcases fierce athleticism and glistening solos, brimming with both competitive spirit and camaraderie.

The Lubovitch company will share the program with:
Limon Dance Company (performing The Winged) and
Jiva Dance (performing Blue Peacock).

On July 21st, the Lubovitch company (now celebrating its 48th anniversary) will host an After-Party with the artists, immediately following the performance.



On July 11 in Durham (NC), the American Dance Festival (ADF) will present the 2016 Samuel H. Scripps / American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement to Lar Lubovitch.

The annual award honors choreographers who have dedicated their lives and talent to the creation of modern dance. The award will be presented to Lubovitch in a brief ceremony prior to the first of two performances (July 11 & 12) by the Lubovitch company at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The company will perform five of Lubovitch’s most beloved works, created over a span of more than 40 years.

FOR JULY 11 OR 12.

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 48 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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