Mere weeks after her retirement from Pacific Northwest Ballet, former principal Carla Körbes has joined the staff of Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project as associate artistic director. Cörbes, who is serving as artist in residence at the Vail International Dance Festival July 27–August 10, has been elusive about her future plans up until now. According to the New York Times, her responsibilities will include casting dancers, overseeing rehearsals and programming, and reporting to Millepied. She will not perform with the company.
Körbes’ appointment is yet another get for L.A.’s booming dance scene. In addition to choreographer William Forsythe joining the faculty of University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufmann School of Dance this fall, the Los Angeles Music Center announced last week that American Ballet Theatre executive director Rachel S. Moore has been named its new president and CEO.