Tuesday, December 12, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Craig Hall, of Maywood, who was recently tapped to join a four-person team to help lead the New York City Ballet. | Paul Kolnik/New York City Ballet
A Maywood native is part of the interim team that was recently appointed to oversee the artistic management of the New York City Ballet after Peter Martins, the institution’s ballet master in chief, took a leave of absence, according to a recent report published by Broadway World.
Craig Hall, who first started dancing with Maywood Fine Arts, 25 N. 5th Ave. in Maywood, will be part of a four-person artistic team headed up by Justin Peck, NYCB’s resident choreographer and soloist, while the ballet company investigates allegations of sexual harassment made against Martins.
Hall, who is currently a ballet master with NYCB, performed with the company from 2000 to 2016. In 2007, Hall was promoted to soloist in the company and during his tenure, he became the first African American dancer at NYCB to perform as Apollo during the company’s prestigious season-ending program “Dancer’s Choice.”
According to the Broadway World article, the team that has replaced Martins in the interim will “work closely with the Company’s current artistic staff to oversee the day-to-day artistic life of the company, which includes such matters as casting, scheduling and conducting rehearsals, providing notes and other feedback to the Company’s artists, as well as addressing any other artistic concerns that may arise.”
“We are very fortunate to have an exceptional artistic staff already in place, who will now work closely with Jonathan, Justin, Craig, and Rebecca to ensure that our dancers and musicians will continue to give the remarkable performances that they present night after night,” said Charles W. Scharf, the Chairman of the NYCB Board of Directors.
The NYCB is one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world and is “world-renowned for its athletic, contemporary style, and a repertory of original ballets that has forever changed the face of classical dance,” according to Broadway World.”
Read the full Broadway World report here. VFP
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