CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2000
Ballet Pacifica has laid off Raymond van Mason, the company's first ballet master, appointed only a year ago, because of "financial constraints," artistic director Molly Lynch said Tuesday. "You set a budget for the year and have to adapt due to changes in income and expenses. You're continuously monitoring your budget and keeping things in balance. I needed to make some adjustments," Lynch said.
December 5, 2003 |
Christina Lyon, a former American Ballet Theatre dancer, has been appointed artistic director of the Irvine-based Ballet Pacifica. A 28-year-old native of Newport Beach, Lyon succeeds Molly Lynch, who resigned last month for "artistic and professional reasons" from the troupe she had led since 1988. Lyon received her early dance training from Yvonne Mounsey, founder of the Westside Ballet in Santa Monica, and danced in the ABT corps from 1993 to 1996 (she was known by her maiden name, Gibbs).
May 6, 2006 |
Former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Evelyn Cisneros-Legate has been named academy director of Irvine-based Ballet Pacifica. She will take over as head of the company's school from husband and wife John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow when their contracts expire at the end of July. Gardner and McKerrow are former American Ballet Theatre principal dancers hired last year by artistic director Ethan Stiefel, who resigned in March after the company's 2006-07 season was canceled.
April 29, 2006 |
More trouble for Orange County's Ballet Pacifica: Husband and wife John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow, former dancers with American Ballet Theatre, will leave their administrative posts with the Irvine-based company when their contracts are up at the end of July. Last year, Ballet Pacifica hired ABT star Ethan Stiefel as artistic director and announced big plans to restructure, raise money and hire 20 to 25 permanent dancers to raise the profile of the 46-year-old troupe.
July 28, 2001
Ballet Pacifica's 2001-2002 season will include the world premiere of Robert Sund's "Liaisons," a children's series and Tchaikovsky's holiday favorite, "Nutcracker." Sund's work, set to music by Bach, Vivaldi and Handel, will be a collaboration with cellist Tanya Tomkins and harpsichordist Corey Jamason performed Oct. 5-6. Other pieces on that program will be Antony Tudor's "Sunflowers" and artistic director Molly Lynch's "Different Trains," set to music of Steve Reich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2004 |
Ballet Pacifica's artistic director resigned Tuesday amid a financial crisis that has forced the Orange County dance company to cancel its spring season and its nationally regarded summer program for developing new works.