News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in February 2021

February 28, 2021

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and departures, as well as notable awards and accomplishments, from the last month.

Comings & Goings

Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell
has been named artistic director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

María Riccetto
has been appointed artistic director of the Ballet Nacional de Sodre.

Terry Wilson
has been named artistic director of San Diego Dance Theater.

Freddie Opoku-Addaie
has been appointed artistic director and chief executive of Dance Umbrella.

Didier Deschamps
has been appointed artistic director of the Cannes Dance Festival, succeeding Brigitte Lefèvre beginning with the 2023 edition.

At the Colburn School’s Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, Silas Farley will take over as dean and Darleen Callaghan as associate dean on July 1. They will succeed Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette, who will remain connected to the school as visiting artists.

Rena Butle
has been named choreographic associate at Gibney Company.

Atlanta Ballet president and CEO Arturo Jacobus will retire at the end of July.

Rachel Abair
has joined ODC as the organization’s first health initiatives program director.

Awards & Honors

JanpiStar poses against a white backdrop in a parallel hinge, muscular arms on diagonal parallel to the bend of their knees. They look over their back shoulder, where their wheelchair sits.

David DeSilva, Courtesy United States Artists

United States Artists 2021 Fellows include Ishmael Houston-Jones, JanpiStar, Emily Johnson, Cynthia Oliver and Ni’Ja Whitson. The fellowship includes a $50,000 unrestricted grant.

The Venice Biennale awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Dance 2021 to Germaine Acogny. Oona Doherty received the Silver Lion.

Shanel Edwards
received the Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists, which includes a $7,000 cash grant.

Kyle Abraham
was named one of Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Black Leaders and Executives.

The Anderson Center at Tower View will award the 2021 A.P. Anderson Award to Ananya Chatterjea on March 26.