The Latest: A Star Takes the Helm

September 28, 2014

Ángel Corella leads Pennsylvania Ballet.


PA Ballet in rehearsal. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy PA Ballet.


Ángel Corella, who recently began his first season as artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet, compares his approach to taking over the company to working with a new dance partner. “I’m going in with all my positive energy,” says Corella, “to make everyone comfortable and the process as smooth as possible.”

The former American Ballet Theatre principal, who directed his now dissolved Barcelona Ballet from 2008 to 2013, wants to expand PA Ballet’s contemporary repertoire. Choreographers he favors include Wayne McGregor and Édouard Lock, whose dances have never been performed by the company. To cultivate fresh choreographic talent, Corella plans to hold workshops and commission work by young dancemakers. Other priorities include bringing in new audiences through public outreach strategies like outdoor performances, and potentially expanding the size of the company.

Corella’s ultimate goal in working with the dancers is to foster an environment that is centered less on technique and tricks. “I want them to go onstage and not worry about anything other than just connecting with the audience,” says Corella, who himself was known for multiple pirouettes and buoyant jumps. “It’s about the communication between human beings.”


Above: Ángel Corella. Photo by Pablo Hojas, Courtesy PA Ballet.




Where Margot Fonteyn and Christian Louboutin Meet


Wrap sweaters, ballet flats and gowns of endless tulle—dance fashions have always managed to make their way into everyday wear. From September 13 to January 3, The Museum at FIT in New York City will link the two in its “Dance & Fashion” exhibit. Nearly 100 costumes and designer fashions, from the 19th century to today, will be on display.


Left: A 1949 Christian Dior evening dress. Photo by Art Resource, NY, Courtesy FIT.