Magazine article Dance Magazine

Follow the Leaders: New Directors Are Taking the Reins at Three Major American Dance Companies

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Follow the Leaders: New Directors Are Taking the Reins at Three Major American Dance Companies

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Gennadi Nedvigin, at Atlanta Ballet The news about Gennadi Nedvigin becoming artistic director of Atlanta Ballet broke before he was even able to announce his retirement from San Francisco Ballet. In recent years, the principal had been working as a teacher, stager and ballet master, and had once spent three weeks in Atlanta staging Yuri Possokhov's Classical Symphony. "When John McFall's retirement came out, it didn't take me long to think, Wow, I should apply for this position," says Nedvigin. "I had two to three years in my pocket to dance some more, but it felt right to go for it."

Nedvigin plans to bring the refinement of his Bolshoi Ballet School training to Atlanta Ballet, and develop a cohesive style. "I want to broaden the repertoire by unifying the dancers in their technique," says Nedvigin. Though he will add more classical and neoclassical ballets to the repertoire, Nedvigin says he'll maintain the company's exciting mix of new contemporary work.

Colin Connor, at Jose Limon Dance Foundation

The 70-year-old Jose Limon Dance Foundation has found its fifth director in Colin Connor, who is leaving his full-time faculty position at CalArts to return to the company where he spent eight years dancing as a soloist. Connor wants the company's repertoire to show the influence Limon has had on contemporary dance at large by programming new pieces alongside the work of the modern dance pioneer. "Limon is so specific, and yet I am not sure people realize how it has changed the face of dance and how we see it," says Connor. …

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