Director and ballet master Elie Lazar has been named assistant professor in dance and ballet principal teacher of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Troy University in Alabama, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.
Formerly artistic director of the Montgomery Ballet, Lazar assumed his new role at Troy September 1 after returning from Israel, where he serves on the board of directors of the Jerusalem Academy of Dance and Music and teaches.
“By bringing more intensity to Troy’s dance program, we can open yet another international stage for our graduates,” Lazar said, according to the Advertiser. “I can bring my variety of experience as a director, dancer, choreographer, and instructor to the students and create an environment that enhances their growth without losing the passion for dance.”
Lazar began his ballet training at age 17 with the Israeli Ballet Company, which led to appearances with the Israel National Opera, the Haifa Ballet, and the Inbar Dance Company. In 1986, he was the first Israeli to represent his nation at the USA International Ballet Competition. In 1999, Lazar founded and directed the Joffrey Ensemble Dancers, the official dance company of New York City’s Joffrey Ballet School. He also founded LazarBalletNYC.
Montgomery Ballet in Alabama plans a couple of world premieres among the offerings for its 2010-2011 season.
The annual free “Performance on the Green” at Blount Cultural Park on July 16 and 17 will launch the season, with company artists in a variety of works. Those performances will be followed by “Ballet & the Beasts,” in partnership with the Montgomery Zoo, on September 10, and “Ballet on the Green,” with a medley of works performed outdoors at Maxwell Air Force Base on October 8.
The company returns to the city’s Davis Theater on October 15 and 16 for the world premiere of Carmina Burana by Elie Lazar, Montgomery Ballet’s artistic director. The following day it will present The Sleeping Beauty. December 17 to 21 are devoted to the traditional holiday Nutcracker.
“Evening of Premieres” on February 18 and 19, 2011, will include works new to the company and one that’s a world premiere: a modern ballet by Italian guest choreographer Adria Ferrali. A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows on February 20, with Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Lazar, closing out the season on April 8 and 9.
For more information, visit www.montgomeryballet.org or call 334.409.0522.