16 Aug (VIDEOS) Indianapolis Ballet Makes Indy Natives First Company Members, The Toby at Newfields Home for Debut Residencies
Chris Lingner and Kristin Young Come Home to Build Indianapolis Ballet’s On-stage Presence
Organization also Welcomes Ballet Industry Veteran Paul Vitali to Artistic Staff
2018 Debut Residency Dates at The Toby at Newfields Set for February 16-18 & May 18-20
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, August 14, 2017) – Indianapolis Ballet is proud to bring two accomplished dancers home to Central Indiana with today’s announcement of Chris Lingner and Kristin Young as founding members of the new professional ballet company.
Lingner and Young gave a sneak peak of what to expect from Indianapolis Ballet Tuesday morning at a celebration on the grounds of Newfields, a Place for Nature and the Arts – the new name for the 152-acre campus that houses the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), The Garden, Lilly House, performance spaces and the The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.
Indianapolis Ballet is proud to officially partner with Newfields, where the company will host its first two residencies at The Toby at Newfields during its debut season in 2018. The pair of residencies at The Toby are set for February 16-18 and May 18-20, and repertoire for both stays will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Lingner and Young will jump right into their duties by performing in joint Indianapolis Ballet and Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB) productions throughout the remainder of 2017, beginning with the organizations’ six Beyond Ballet Remix performances at Theatre on the Square, part of the 13th annual IndyFringe Festival starting this weekend.
Mr. Lingner’s vast professional experience in the performing arts began on the 2009 National Tour of Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out and includes a Tony Award nomination in the Best Revival of a Musical category as a co-producer of On the Town on Broadway. Most recently, the Indianapolis native spent four seasons with the Cincinnati Ballet, where he debuted his own original choreography entitled Love Dream during the 2015 Inaugural Choreography Workshop.
Dance has taken Lingner to stops near and far, including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Nederlands Dans Theatre in Den Haag, Netherlands, for summer workshops and Havana, Cuba, where he produced the first Ballet Royalty Gala, named the “Best Show of 2016” by the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso. Around those travels, the student of the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music ballet program has often returned to Central Indiana to perform, including as part of the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s production of Coppélia in May.
A native of Noblesville, Ms. Young returns to Central Indiana after dancing with Nashville Ballet in Tennessee since 2011. Young is a true homegrown talent for Indianapolis Ballet, as she was a student in the first graduating class of ISB, while her summer experiences during her young training included visits to the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the Harid Conservatory and Boston Ballet. Young performed several principal roles while she received her BFA from The University of Oklahoma and followed her collegiate experience with a guest artist role with Tulsa Ballet performing in Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove. Her repertory experience in Nashville included company roles in Cinderella, Nashville’s Nutcracker, Billy the Kid, The Sleeping Beauty, Carmina Burana, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Pan and Balanchine’s Serenade, as well as contemporary works by Gina Patterson and Christopher Stuart.
Lingner and Young are not the only veteran dancers joining Indianapolis Ballet, which also welcomed ballet industry veteran Paul Vitali to its staff as the growing organization’s Ballet Master and Associate Artistic Director. After assisting Founding Artistic Director Victoria Lyras with talent evaluation at successful auditions in recent weeks, Vitali will help shape the growth, direction and choreography of Indianapolis Ballet, including the new Apprentice and Professional Level 9 Programs that will supplement the professional group. Vitali comes to the Circle City from Miami, where he taught and choreographed for students at the Miami City Ballet School and Florida International University.
Vitali has served as a guest faculty member for Indianapolis School of Ballet since 2007, the year he also began his still continuing run as Herr Drosselmeyer in ISB’s performances of The Nutcracker. Vitali’s partnership with Lyras goes back to their days as company members and dance partners with Pennsylvania Ballet, where the two were immersed in the traditions of legendary American ballet pioneer George Balanchine, whose legacy they will look to engrain into the culture of Indianapolis Ballet.