Artistic Director – Graham Lustig
An internationally recognized choreographer and teacher, Mr. Lustig danced with the Dutch National Ballet and the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before embarking on a freelance choreographic career that has encompassed more than sixty works over four continents. Sought after by companies as diverse as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Northern Ballet Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and the Sacramento Ballet, his repertoire ranges from the tongue-in-cheek sophistication of Paramour, to the wildly imaginative, dramatically costumed Pomp, created for North Carolina Dance Theatre. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times shared these words about his work, Evening: “The choreography is never less than eye-riveting: a fine ballet resonating with life’s solitude.”
In 1999 he was appointed the Artistic Director of the American Repertory Ballet and it’s affiliated school, the Princeton Ballet School. He held that position for eleven years, making him the longest serving Artistic Director in the company’s thirty-one year history. During three different periods he also served as the acting Executive Director. At ARB he expanded the Education and Outreach programs, strengthening the previously established Dance Power program with a new syllabus. Mr. Lustig brought American Repertory Ballet to prestigious New York City venues such as the Joyce Theatre and Symphony Space and choreographed eleven new works for the company, including VISTA, Dialogues, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Beauty and the Beast, and The Nutcracker, which premiered in 2000. “Graham Lustig whips up a delicious Nutcracker” Robert Johnson, The Star Ledger. In addition, he lead choreographic workshops with both company dancers and school students.
Outside of ARB, Mr. Lustig created Six Pianos for Configuration Dance Theatre, Fanfare for Singapore Dance Theatre, Between Stillness for the Louisville Ballet, Yield as part of the National Choreographers Initiative in Irvine, California, and he has choreographed the operas Aida for Boheme Opera, Eugene Onegin for Cleveland Opera, and most recently Handel’s Ariodante for the Princeton Festival. The Washington Ballet chose him as its distinguished Choreographer-in-Residence, he has further created a modern retelling of Cinderella set to the Prokofiev music for the Singapore Dance Theatre, and Medrano, for the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company. In 2007 he directed and choreographed West Side Story.
In 2003, Mr. Lustig was invited to become a charter member of the Artists Council for Americans for the Arts in Washington, DC. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the Princeton Festival and the Terpsichore Theatre of Dance and has served as a panelist for the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and numerous times for the National Endowment for the Arts. In August of this year Mr. Lustig was named as part-time Artistic Director of the Oakland Ballet Company.