A preview of "Stars of American Ballet" by Michael Wade Simpson for Pasatiempo.
Ulbricht said that he is in a good place in his career right now, but he seems to be preparing himself for a post-performing career by taking on all the duties of an impresario. “We’ve brought 25 different ballets to Santa Fe now. And I have some ideas up my sleeve for next year.” In addition to his work with New York City Ballet, he is an associate artistic director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, and he serves as an artistic advisor for the Manhattan Youth Ballet. “There are scheduling issues,” he said. “We just hired a manager, but I still buy all the plane and hotel tickets. I’ve been putting the lever down on my freelance career and doing more producing and directing. I fell in love with the process."
In selecting dancers for the show, Ulbricht thought about which ones had the versatility and willingness to take on two different roles during the performance. Coming to town are American Ballet Theatre dancers Stella Abrera and Sascha Radetsky and New York City Ballet dancers Jared Angle, Robert Fairchild, Rebecca Krohn, Lauren Lovette and Tiler Peck.