On the job
Tue Jul 3 2007
New hires that will mean something to us in the future, but are frankly a bit confusing now:
*Dance Theater Workshop has named Stephen Greco as its new executive director. While this is a strange decision—I've never really had a handle on just what it was he did to become an authority in dance, but he generally could be counted on for insightful, sharp comments in Bessie meetings—it's kind of intriguing. Obviously, this is a very rare example of an arts organization (and a board that honestly seems to be kind of uptight from afar) thinking outside of the box. It also seems unlikely that there will be friction between Carla Peterson, DTW's artistic director, and himself. He truly does not fit the normal annoying mold of most executive directors. I doubt that he will bore us with mission statements. Greco has lived in New York since 1975; he's seen a lot, and that is very good indeed.
*At American Ballet Theatre, Wes Chapman has been named the artistic director of ABT Studio Company. This is a weird development, since Kirk Peterson was appointed its director in June 2006 (he will return to ABT's artistic staff as master teaching associate, along with a new appointee, Nancy Raffa, as ballet mistress). Chapman, it had been recently announced, had taken the position of artistic director of Alabama Ballet, where he had formerly worked. He's staying here. (Actually, it's probably not bad news, but why the change, why now?) In any case, I have a couple of requests: no more choreography by Jessica Lang. Her overwrought dances are embarrassing. And make Katherine Williams a star.