Fridays at Noon: Dances of Love: Celebrating Margaret Craske and the Cecchetti Ballet Technique - 92Y, New York

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Fridays at Noon

Dances of Love: Celebrating Margaret Craske and the Cecchetti Ballet Technique

Diana Byer and Jean Volpe, guest curators, Taylor 2, NYTB, Antonia Franceschi, Sarah Stackhouse, Stephen Pier, Matthew Nash and Donald Mahler
The Dance of Love: Celebrating Margaret Craske and the Cecchetti Ballet Technique

Margaret Craske’s extraordinary contributions to dance range from dancing with Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe to her far-reaching work as a teacher of the Cecchetti method, having been a noted pupil of the technique’s founder, Enrico Cecchetti.

Craske’s students include dance luminaries Frederick Ashton, Cyril Beaumont, Carolyn Brown, Margot Fonteyn, Antonia Franceschi, Meg Harper, Melissa Hayden, Betty Jones, Nora Kaye, Hugh Laing, Fritz Ludin, Carla Maxwell, Jerome Robbins, Elizabeth Streb, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, Sallie Wilson; Craske herself is said to have influenced choreographic style.

This celebration of Craske includes live performance by Taylor 2 and New York Theatre Ballet dancers in choreography by Merce Cunningham, Antonia Franceschi, José Limon, Matthew Nash and Antony Tudor, a panel including co-curators Diana Byer, Founder/Artistic Director, NYTB, and ABT’s Jean Volpe with Antonia Franceschi, Donald Mahler, Matthew Nash, Stephen Pier and Sarah Stackhouse.

“She’d wear bell-bottomed trousers to teach in, and her feet would dart out of the trousers like hummingbirds, the pants flapping,” mused former student, Nancy Reed.

$15 in advance / $25 at the door

Margaret Craske

Master Teacher Margaret Craske was among the first generation of dancers entrusted to teach the Cecchetti method …

Diana Byer

Diana Byer is Founder and Artistic Director of New York Theatre Ballet and Ballet School NY …

Jean Volpe

Jean Volpe trained at the Juilliard School and with Master Teacher Margaret Craske …

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor, one of the most accomplished artists this nation has ever produced, continues to shape America’s homegrown art of modern dance …

Taylor 2

Established in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences outside of traditional theatrical venues, Mr. Taylor looked back to the original 1954 version of Paul Taylor Dance Company …

New York Theatre Ballet

New York Theatre Ballet was founded in 1978 by its artistic director, Diana Byer …

Sarah Stackhouse

Sarah Stackhouse danced with the José Limón Company from 1958 to 1969 as a principal dancer and partner to Limón …

Antonia Franceschi

Antonia Franceschi is a Time Out Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Dance …

Stephen Pier

Stephen Pier has achieved a uniquely rich and distinguished career as a dancer, teacher and choreographer with some of the world’s finest companies and schools …

Matthew Nash

Choreographer/Composer Matthew Nash studied ballet technique with Margaret Craske, Loren Hightower and Sallie Wilson …

Donald Mahler

Donald Mahler is an American ballet dancer, choreographer and stage director …