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The Dance Historian Is In: Diana Byer and Jane Pritchard

March 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Diana Byer and Jane Pritchard speak on the careers of Frederick Ashton, Antony Tucker, and Agnes de Mille.

For this Dance Historian Is In, Jane Pritchard and Diana Byer look at the early careers of Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor and Agnes de Mille in the 1930s when they were based at the Mercury Theatre in London with performance, film and images. Their formative years training, choreographing and dancing together at Marie Rambert’s Ballet Club set the stage for the groundbreaking work of their later years.

Jane Pritchard is the Curator of Dance at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She previously served as Archivist for Rambert Dance Company and English National Ballet and created the Contemporary Dance Trust Archive. Diana Byer founded New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) and NYTB School in 1979 and served as the company’s Artistic Director until 2021, during which time they regularly performed dances by Ashton, Tudor and de Mille. Byer remains Director of NYTB School and was co-curator for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ programs Agnes de Mille and the Female Narrative and Agnes de Mille and the Intrinsic American.

For more than 10 years, The Dance Historian Is In at the Library for the Performing Arts has highlighted a diverse range of dancers and choreographers across history. This series began when archivist and historian David Vaughan started volunteering at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. Vaughan began a monthly program showing his favorite dance films from the Division’s extensive collection, through which he unearthed many treasures, and helped acquire even more. Vaughan continued the series until the end of his life. Today, we honor his memory and work by inviting dance historians from all over the world each month to carry on the tradition of highlighting dance history through the Dance Division’s moving image collection.


This event will take place online via Zoom as well as in person at The Library for the Performing Arts.

*A streaming link will be emailed to everyone on the morning of the event for those wishing to attend virtually.


SEATING POLICY | Programs are free and open to all, but registration is requested. Check-in line forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. Five minutes before the advertised start time, all seats are released, regardless of registration, to our patrons in the stand-by line. If you arrive after the program starts, you will be seated at the discretion of our front-of-house staff.

STANDBY LINE | If registration is sold out or has ended, do not fret! We welcome you to come to the Library regardless of registration status and wait in our standby line, which forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Five minutes before the program starts, all remaining seats are released. While this is not guaranteed, we will do our best to get you into any of our programs.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING AND ASL | ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

BRUNO WALTER POLICY | Please note that any unoccupied seat will be released five minutes before the show begins and holding seats for anyone beyond that is prohibited. There is no food or drink allowed inside the venue.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING | Programs may be photographed and recorded by and at the discretion of the Library for the Performing Arts and will post signs indicating as such. If you would prefer your image not be captured, please let us know and we can seat you accordingly. Attending any program indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any and all purposes of the New York Public Library.

PRESS | Please send all press inquiries to Alex Teplitzky at Please note that all recording, including professional video recordings, are prohibited without expressed consent from the Library.

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