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Sacramento Ballet Looks For New Artistic Director

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Ballet dancers rehearse for an event.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

There's a big shakeup in the Sacramento arts world. The Sacramento Ballet has announced a controversial decision to replace the company's longtime artistic directors.

For nearly 30 years Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda have been the ballet's artistic directors. The upcoming 2017-18 season will be their last. 

"Times change," says Nancy Garton, president of the ballet's board of directors." We have to, I think, keep up with the world and it's changes." 

Garton says that means hiring a new artistic director to replace Cunningham and Binda. A national search is about to begin.

She says the ballet still wants to please existing audiences who love classic dance...

"But I think we also need to embrace the newer generations, the younger generations who are looking for something perhaps more edgy, more compelling," says Garton. "As our audience ages, we absolutely must reach out and create new audiences."

Garton says social media's been blowing up with negative comments about the decision. But she says Cunningham and Binda will still have the title as "Artistic Directors Emeritus."


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