Following a nationwide search, the José Limón Dance Basis has appointed Michelle Preston as incoming Govt Director.
“I’m thrilled to be chosen to guide the José Limón Dance Basis alongside Creative Director Dante Puleio and steward the legacy of probably the most influential dancers and choreographers within the historical past of American fashionable dance,” Preston remarked. “There is no such thing as a denying that there are intense field-wide challenges on this second, however there are additionally boundless alternatives to deal with inequity, higher take care of artists, and construct extra resilient organizations that serve a broader spectrum of audiences and communities. I am keen to work alongside the devoted employees, board, and artists of the Limón Basis to check an expansive future for each the Firm and the Institute, which builds upon the group’s strengths and successes over the previous 75 years.”
Since 2014, Preston has served because the Govt Director of SITI Firm, an ensemble theater firm primarily based in New York Metropolis. Whereas at SITI, Preston led a multi-year planning course of to have fun and protect the legacy of the ensemble. Her prior expertise in New York Metropolis additionally consists of work with dance organizations City Bush Ladies, Invoice T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Firm and the Faculty of American Ballet.
Preston begins her position this November 1. Interim government management will likely be supplied by the DeVos Institute of Arts Administration on the College of Maryland, a nationwide consultancy.
“Whereas SITI Firm and its ensemble members will at all times have a particular place in my coronary heart, I’m delighted that my profession path has led me again to bop,” mirrored Preston.
Dante Puleio, inventive director of the José Limón Dance Firm, remarked “I’m thrilled to welcome Michelle as my strategic associate and collaborator on the Limón Basis and sit up for working together with her to advance Limón’s legacy and obtain our inventive aspirations for the work. Her readability, sense of objective, drive, expertise, and distinctive method will likely be invaluable property to our imaginative and prescient and development trajectory. She is uniquely positioned to take us to the following stage as a Firm and group, and we’re excited to welcome her on board.”
Based by José Limón — thought to be probably the most influential figures in American fashionable dance — the José Limón Dance Basis honors and advances his cultural legacy with its globally famend skilled firm, intensive coaching applications, and stewardship of a rising catalogue of unique Limón works and new commissions.
The Limón Firm lately offered an prolonged 75th anniversary season on the Joyce Theater in New York Metropolis, which included two world premieres, the revival of a big early Limón work, and a particular celebration on the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts the place an exhibit honoring the life and work of José Limón was on show.
“As we enter our 76th yr, I’m filled with optimism for the well being of our group, and the integrity and high quality of our work, with Dante Puleio on the inventive management, and Michelle Preston on the government management, of the Limón Basis,” commented Ivan Sacks, Chairman of the Board of Administrators. “I’m personally delighted to welcome Michelle to this key management position at Limón beginning this coming fall. All of us on the Search Committee and Board consider she has the extraordinary mixture of private qualities, abilities, and expertise to be a profound pressure for good within the Limón Basis’s persevering with success and growth.”
This summer season, the Limón Firm seems at three main U.S. festivals: Jacob’s Pillow, The Vail Dance Competition and the American Dance Competition, earlier than persevering with to Europe in early 2023. It has additionally elevated the capability of its pre-professional coaching applications and solid new inventive growth partnerships in anticipation of expanded exercise within the years forward.
For extra details about the José Limón Dance Basis, go to limon.nyc.