Following a nationwide search, the José Limón Dance Basis has appointed Michelle Preston as incoming Government Director.
“I’m thrilled to be chosen to steer the José Limón Dance Basis alongside Inventive Director Dante Puleio and steward the legacy of some of the influential dancers and choreographers within the historical past of American trendy dance,” Preston remarked. “There isn’t any denying that there are intense field-wide challenges on this second, however there are additionally boundless alternatives to handle inequity, higher look after 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 examine 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 Government 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 contains work with dance organizations City Bush Girls, Invoice T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Firm and the College of American Ballet.
Preston begins her function this November 1. Interim govt management might be offered 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 bounce,” mirrored Preston.
Dante Puleio, creative director of the José Limón Dance Firm, remarked “I’m thrilled to welcome Michelle as my strategic accomplice and collaborator on the Limón Basis and look ahead to working together with her to advance Limón’s legacy and obtain our creative aspirations for the work. Her readability, sense of function, drive, expertise, and distinctive strategy might be priceless property to our imaginative and prescient and development trajectory. She is uniquely positioned to take us to the subsequent degree as a Firm and group, and we’re excited to welcome her on board.”
Based by José Limón — thought to be some of the influential figures in American trendy dance — the José Limón Dance Basis honors and advances his cultural legacy with its globally famend skilled firm, intensive coaching packages, and stewardship of a rising catalogue of authentic Limón works and new commissions.
The Limón Firm just lately introduced 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 12 months, 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 creative management, and Michelle Preston on the govt 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 function at Limón beginning this coming fall. All of us on the Search Committee and Board imagine she has the extraordinary mixture of non-public qualities, expertise, and expertise to be a profound power for good within the Limón Basis’s persevering with success and growth.”
This summer time, the Limón Firm seems at three main U.S. festivals: Jacob’s Pillow, The Vail Dance Pageant and the American Dance Pageant, earlier than persevering with to Europe in early 2023. It has additionally elevated the capability of its pre-professional coaching packages and cast new creative growth partnerships in anticipation of expanded exercise within the years forward.
For extra details about the José Limón Dance Basis, go to limon.nyc.