Dance Mogul: What is the inspiration for the series?
Diana Byer: Once Upon A Ballet began many years ago as a way to introduce inner-city children to dance, music, design and literature. Kermet Love (Designer of Big Bird) and Jim Henson came up with the idea of one-hour ballets.
Dance Mogul: What can the audience expect from this production that makes it stand out from others during this season?
Diana Byer: Florence Gould is a small theater where every seat has a perfect view of the stage. Children are so close to the dancers that they feel as though they are part of the story. The story of Cinderella, told in just an hour, is a perfect time span for young children and their families. The interactive introduction before the ballet begins is a unique touch.
Dance Mogul: What is the process from transforming timeless stories into visual artistic pieces?
Diana Byer: The most important part of the process is establishing a good team of creators; the choreographer, set designer, and costume designer. NYTB is quite fortunate to have a team that has worked together creating ballets for many years. It takes many months to put a one-hour ballet together.
Dance Mogul: Would you like to thank anyone for helping with the production?
Diana Byer: Donald Mahler/Choreographer
Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan/Costume Designer
Gillian Bradshaw-Smith/Set Designer
Contributed Funds from
Department of Cultural Affairs
New York State Council on the Arts
and everyone in the New York Theatre Ballet Family