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The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will present a unique compilation of highlights from the broadcast premieres of three acclaimed works by Lar Lubovitch including the duet from “Concerto Six Twenty-Two,” danced by the Lubovitch company; “Othello,” performed by San Francisco Ballet; and “The Planets,” created for an ensemble of both ice skaters and non-skating dancers from the US and Canada. The free, on-demand program will premiere on Friday, May 21, at 7:30pm EDT and will be available to watch for 10 days only through Friday, May 31, at 7:30pm EDT. Reservations are required at www.lubovitch.org.
Concerto Six Twenty-Two received its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in 1986. The duet from Concerto Six Twenty-Two was subsequently performed in 1987 at the Dancing for Life event at the New York State Theatre, the first-ever response to the AIDS crisis by the dance community. The event, conceived and initiated by Lubovitch, united 13 different companies to raise money for AIDS care, research, and education. The male duet gave the work special resonance in the face of the AIDS crisis, even though the theme is timeless. Over the past 35 years, the dance has been performed around the world by both the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and by more than 20 other companies. This BBC recording from 1988 features the duet performed by the Lubovitch company’s original cast, Sylvain Lafortune and Rick Michalek.
Lubovitch’s Othello received its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1997. The acclaimed evening-length ballet, with an original score by Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal, was a joint production of the Lubovitch company, American Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Ballet. The dance was filmed by PBS and broadcast nationwide in 2002. This recording features scenes from Act III performed by Desmond Richardson (Othello) and the San Francisco Ballet.
In addition to his achievements on the concert stage, in film, and on Broadway, Lubovitch has created award-winning ice-dancing works for Olympians including John Curry, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Brian Orser, JoJo Starbuck, and Paul Wylie. His feature-length ice-dance specials for television include The Planets for A&E, which was nominated for an International Emmy Award, a Cable AceAward, and a Grammy Award. The Planets was broadcast throughout Canada and the US in 1994. This special screening features the Venus section with a cast of skaters led by Olympic medalists Paul and Isabelle Duchesnay, and dancers led by Sonia Rodriguez (National Ballet of Canada), who were assembled specially for the production.