Here are the latest promotions, appointments, and departures, as well as notable awards and accomplishments, from June 2023.
American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet Enter New Eras With New Female Artistic Directors
Ballet companies in Toronto, New York City and San Francisco are experiencing a shift as Hope Muir, Susan Jaffe and Tamara Rojo take the reins at National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet.
Susan Jaffe will succeed Kevin McKenzie as American Ballet Theatre’s new artistic director, starting in December 2022.
No one would blame Susan Jaffe if she wanted a mulligan on her first season at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Taking over from longtime artistic director Terrence S. Orr in the middle of 2020 upended any expectations of a smooth transition into her first artistic directorship. Nonetheless, since starting at the post in July, she’s tackled […]
With the circumstances created by the pandemic changing from day to day, looking to the future right now can feel particularly fraught, if not downright farcical. But in the face of so much uncertainty, pausing to celebrate the good news when it comes is as important as it’s ever been. Here are the latest promotions […]
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre announced today that former American Ballet Theatre principal Susan Jaffe will succeed Terrence Orr as artistic director of the company, effective July 1. Jaffe becomes PBT’s seventh artistic director and only the second female director in the company’s history. Dubbed “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina” by The New York Times, Jaffe comes to […]
If you ask Luca Sbrizzi what he remembers about performing Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, he can provide you with a laundry list of his mistakes. “Although I remember feeling an incredible connection to my partner and hearing comments afterwards on how moving and beautiful our performance was, those are not the first things that […]
As graduation day looms, college seniors might find themselves reeling with both excitement and dread. “They have to navigate this tender moment where they’re opening their wings and about to jump out of the dance department and wondering if the ground is going to catch them,” says Courtney Harris, interim chair of the dance and […]