By Isabelle Vail
1 February 2019
Amy Seiwert is well-known to the DDP team as one of the leaders supporting women in dance and equity in the arts. She will be interviewed this week by DDP founder Liza Yntema during a stop on her Listening Tour to Smuin Ballet, where Seiwert is choreographing a world premiere on the company.
In the Sacramento News & Review, Seiwert’s work for Sacramento Ballet, of which she is Artistic Director, is described as invigorating. Tessa Marguerite Outland writes:
Tchaikovsky’s overture floats out of the orchestra pit, and children dash across a dimly lit stage. The scene is set, and the audience waits for Clara, a young girl with bouncing curls, to appear and receive her Christmas gift.
But this time, it’s Marie who twirls in to accept the nutcracker. Unlike Clara, she’s growing out of dolls and into womanhood, though the gentle girl still dreams of lands with sugar plum fairies, Arabian dancers and a toy prince.
In December, The Sacramento Ballet debuted a different version of The Nutcracker, this time under the leadership of a new artistic director, Amy Seiwert. Seiwert admitted that creating her own version was terrifying; looming over the production was the shadow of a beloved 30-year-old legacy, cast by her predecessors and former teachers Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda.
Read the full feature in the Sacramento News & Review.
Look out for Yntema’s interview with Seiwert soon on our blog!