Sacramento Ballet Announces New Artistic Director for the 2018/2019 Season

International Search Yields Award-Winning Choreographer With Sacramento Roots

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Ballet announces the appointment of Amy Seiwert as its Artistic Director for the company’s 2018-19 production season. Seiwert was selected from a candidate pool of over 35 highly accomplished directors, choreographers, and dancers from across the country and around the world. Before she takes up tenure in Sacramento, Seiwert will tour with her company Amy Seiwert’s Imagery to the internationally renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in The Berkshires, Massachusetts and the Joyce Theater in New York City. Seiwert currently has a Creative Residency with the Joyce Foundation, which is underwriting the new, full-length work, Wandering. That work premieres in San Francisco July 21, 2017. Seiwert will work with the Sacramento Ballet Board as Designate Artistic Director during the 2017-18 Season to plan and prepare for the following year!

A dancer with the Sacramento Ballet from 1991-1999, Seiwert lauds Ron and Carinne Binda Cunningham, Artistic Directors of the Sacramento Ballet since 1988 and for the 2017/2018 Season, as “part of my artistic DNA. The aesthetic choices that inform my choreographic style took root during my time with Sacramento Ballet.” Cunningham and Binda provided Seiwert multiple opportunities to develop her choreographic talents during her tenure with the Sacramento Ballet. Her duet, It’s Not a Cry, created for Sacramento Ballet in 2009, was seen at last year’s Women Speak series.

Seiwert worked with dancers from the New York City Ballet on multiple occasions, participating in the New York Choreographic Institute at the invitation of Artistic Director Peter Martins. Seiwert was also named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine (2005), selected as a “Hot 20 under 40” by 7×7 Magazine (2006), and was honored with a “Goldie” award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian (2010). The San Francisco Chronicle listed her choreography in the “Top 10” dance events of the year (2007, 2010, 2015), and her ballet On Frail Wings won the Audience Choice Award in the Sacramento Ballet’s Choreographic Competition in 2009.

The Resident Choreographer of Smuin Ballet for eight years, Seiwert continued to receive commission licensing requests and commissions by noted companies across the United States such as Ballet Austin, BalletMet, Robert Moses KIN, and AXIS Dance as well as the Washington, Atlanta, Oakland, Kansas City, Colorado, Louisville, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, Dayton, and Milwaukee ballet companies. She is also a former Artist in Residence at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. Seiwert founded her own dance company, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, in 2011.
Seiwert will work with the Board and the Ballet’s administrative team to assume the artistic helm of Sacramento Ballet as Artistic Director in the 2018/19 Season. The Sacramento Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Season will celebrate the tenure and accomplishments of Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda Cunningham.

Dennis Mangers, Strategic Advisor to Mayor Steinberg for Arts and Culture, says: “The Mayor and I join the Board of the Sacramento Ballet in welcoming Ms. Seiwert. Her national reputation, award-winning choreography, and deep roots in the company make her an excellent fit for the role. She has an artistic vision that can build on the company’s strategic plans to bring growth to the company and foster a deep engagement with the Sacramento community.” Barbara Crockett, founder of the Sacramento Ballet, says “Amy is a natural choice to succeed Ron and Carinne Cunningham. Her years of experience in Sacramento will serve as a solid foundation for her leadership of the Ballet.”

The Sacramento Ballet was founded in 1954 and is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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