I sat down with Ethan Stiefel a few weeks after his return to New York from New Zealand where, for three years, he was the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. We talked about his time there, his transition from dancer to director, his choreographic aspirations, and his plans (and non-plans) for the future. You can find the interview here, at DanceTabs.
Just a few weeks after I wrote a feature about his work with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for the Times, Ethan Stiefel has announced that he’s leaving the company, effective this September. Ah well, it was good while it lasted.
For more on what he’s achieved on the other side of the globe, see this overview by the editor of DanceTabs.
But now he’s the artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, which will be performing at the Joyce next week. This is the company’s first visit in over twenty years. Stiefel is bent on molding them into a first-class ensemble, with Gillian Murphy’s help. Here’s my feature on the company, for the Times.
Here he is, in the Flames of Paris pdd with Murphy: