News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in October 2022

November 1, 2022

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and departures, as well as notable awards and accomplishments, from October 2022. Also of note: new or newly available funding opportunities for dance artists.

Comings & Goings

José Martinez has been appointed director of the Paris Opéra Ballet, beginning December 5.

Julie Kent will step down as artistic director of The Washington Ballet at the conclusion of the 2022–23 season. She will join Houston Ballet as co-artistic director with Stanton Welch in July.

Current Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg artistic director Demis Volpi will succeed John Neumeier as artistic director of Hamburg Ballet in August 2024. Neumeier will serve in the post until that time after extending his contract by one year.

Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye has been appointed artistic director of Oklahoma City Ballet. He has served as acting artistic director since January, after the resignation of Robert Mills.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has been named director of the Ballet du Théâtre de Genève. He succeeded Philippe Cohen at the beginning of the 2022–23 season.

Anna Adaska, Yurek Hansen and Nathan Powell have been named associate artistic directors at Idaho Dance Theatre.

Lester McGrath has stepped down as executive director of Royal New Zealand Ballet. Kerry Prendergast is serving as acting executive director.

At Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Tricia Reed has been named managing director and Adam Weinert artistic associate. Paloma Herrera has been named artistic director for the Kaatsbaan Ballet Intensive 2023, for which Kevin McKenzie will serve as artistic advisor.

Nicola Benedetti has been named festival director of Edinburgh International Festival.

Cathy Levy leans against a wall, hands loosely held in front of her. Her brown hair is lightly curled and falls to her shoulders; the roots have a hint of silver.
Cathy Levy. Photo by Rémi Thériault, courtesy Jacob’s Pillow.

Cathy Levy has joined Jacob’s Pillow as international advisor to the curatorial team.

Nile H. Russell has been named director of education at American Dance Festival.

Jonelle Procope will step down as president and chief executive officer of the Apollo Theater in June.

At Sarasota Ballet, Marijana Dominis has been promoted to principal, Richard House to junior principal, and Arcadian Broad, Lauren Ostrander, Anna Pellegrino, Daniel Pratt and Yuki Nonaka to soloist.

Awards & Honors

Winifred Haun and Sarita Smith Childs are among the 2022 recipients of 3Arts Awards, which include $30,000 cash grants. Past recipient Elisabeth YJ Seonwoo (aka Kerberus) received a $2,000 Make a Wave grant.

Genevieve Penn Nabity received the 2022 Rolex Dancers First Award.

New Funding Opportunities

The 2023 New York State Choreographers Initiative will grant 12 New York–based dancemakers at least 20 hours of studio time, access to professional dancers and a mentor, and a $2,500 stipend. Applications will be accepted November 1, 2022–January 27, 2023. More information here.

The next cycle of Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants, which provide up to $5,000 to professional dancers who have experienced financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be open to applications November 9–December 9. More information here. The next cycle of Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants, which provide up to $5,000 for direct treatment expenses for medical, dental or mental health emergencies, will be open to applications November 29–January 13. More information here.