Artistic Director – Graham Lustig
An internationally recognized choreographer and director, 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 seventy works over four continents. Sought after by companies as diverse as Singapore Dance Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Northern Ballet Theatre, Louisville Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet 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, a position he held for eleven years, making him the longest serving Artistic Director in the company’s history. At ARB he expanded the Education and Outreach programs and brought American Repertory Ballet to prestigious New York City venues such as the Joyce Theatre and Symphony Space. Mr. Lustig 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 2003, Mr. Lustig was invited to become a charter member of the Artists Committee 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 numerous times for the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2010 Mr. Lustig founded New Jersey-based Lustig Dance Theatre, comprising of a diverse troupe of contemporary ballet dancers, a Dance and Wellness studio and an in-school educational program called Dance-to-Learn. Mr. Lustig is also the Artistic Director of the Oakland Ballet Company where he presents three programs each season.