Female artistic directors discuss their roles in leadership. Balanchine said “Ballet is woman.” Men have long been the chief gatekeepers of the form, but things are changing. Meet some of the women who have risen through the company ranks. Meet some of the principal dancers who now reside at the pinnacle of the hierarchy as artistic directors of ballet companies. Learn how their experiences as women in ballet inform their leadership, particularly when addressing major issues that are shifting the field: diversity, representation, aesthetics, a call for cultural reform.
Tamara Rojo (English National Ballet) , Virginia Johnson (Dance Theatre of Harlem) , Susan Jaffe (Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre), Virginia Johnson (Dance Theatre of Harlem), Lourdes Lopez (Miami City Ballet) Wendy Whelan (New York City Ballet)
MARCH 7TH 12pm-1:30pm EASTERN
Join MoBBallet for a dynamic conversation with female executive directors discussing their roles as leaders in a field that places the ballerina on a pedestal but is controlled by men. We hear from women who, in the best of times and the worst, keep the lights on, keep the dancers paid, and manage the unions and the board of directors.
In a time of great instability, we hear how they navigate the issues of the field including diversity, representation, and the call for cultural reform. As companies are losing millions in revenue due to the global pandemic, how are they working to steady the ship? Additionally, they speak about holding the space of power in a time when the very concept of leadership is being redefined to encompass the characteristics of inclusiveness and altruism.
Panelists to date:Ellen Walker,(Pacific Northwest Ballet), Vanessa Logan (Texas Ballet Theatre), Kathy Brown (New York CIty Ballet), Kara Medoff Barnett (American Ballet Theatre) , Max Hodges (Boston Ballet), Kelly Tweedale (San Francisco Ballet)