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