New York Theatre Ballet In Danger Of Closing
By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
September 12, 2013
After more than three decades, one of the country’s best known ballet companies is in danger of losing its home and closing for good.
The New York Theatre Ballet company got an eviction notice earlier this month after the sudden sale of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church building that is has called home since 1980. The company known for its pairings of traditional ballets with contemporary choreography has also served as a school often providing scholarships and training for at risk and underserved children. Diana Byer, founder and director, says they have been looking for a new space but says they just cannot afford market-rate rent in the city.
“I’m trying to stay positive and hope that something that somebody will realize how important we are to the texture of the dance world and the art world in New York City and come up with something.”
Byer says she is devastated. The company has been preparing for what should be its 35th season