FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2017
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BALLET IDAHO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PETER ANASTOS TO RETIRE IN 2018
Boise ID — Ballet Idaho announced Artistic Director Peter Anastos’ plans to retire at the close of the 2017/18 performance season. Mr. Anastos has been with the organization for 10 years as Artistic Director. He has announced that he will assist with the national search for the replacement Artistic Director. The company hopes to secure a new Artistic Director to work with Anastos beginning January 2018.
Peter Anastos was born in New York and has choreographed stage works throughout the United States for ballet, theatre, film, and television. He has enjoyed a longstanding relationship in ballet and television with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has also choreographed in Europe, Asia and Latin America and his ballets are performed worldwide. He was the founding Director/Choreographer of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and served as Artistic Director for Garden State Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet. He was appointed Ballet Idaho Artistic Director in 2008.
Anastos has seen Ballet Idaho through several triumphs and challenges in the past decade with the company, rebuilding from scratch after Ballet Idaho’s split from Eugene Ballet. Under his leadership, the company has enjoyed operating in the black for the past three years.
About his decision, Mr. Anastos said, “It’s time. It has been an honor and privilege to spend 10 wonderful yeas with this organization but I’m ready to open myself up to overseas freelance opportunities and my next chapter. It has been a tremendous joy working with the talented and dedicated dancers of the company, board, and staff. The dancer’s commitment, dedication, and artistry is inspiring. They bring a wealth of creativity and depth to the performances that have enriched our community. I know that the entire organization is in a strong place and poised to enter its own new chapter with fresh leadership.”
“Peter’s announcement is a bittersweet moment for Ballet Idaho,” said Randy Anderson, Ballet Idaho’s Board President. “We are extremely saddened to see him go but we are excited for him as he begins the next chapter of his life. As many can imagine, the Board of Directors has a significant responsibility to find Peter’s successor, but we all know that we will never be able to ‘replace’ Peter. He is a one-of-a-kind talent and person. We wish our dear friend all the best!”
Since 1972, Ballet Idaho has enriched lives through classical ballet and served as a dynamic reflection of the Boise community. Ballet Idaho is the only professional ballet company and academy in the state of Idaho, bringing together the highest level of dance excellence with a commitment to education and training. For more information, visit www.balletidaho.org.