Creating Organizational Structure
In 1990 Yolanda Santos Garza de la Guerra invited me to be the founding Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey, the first privately funded arts organization in Mexico.
I selected dancers and artists from Mexico, South America, Cuba, and the US; established a board of directors and administrative staff; created a relationship with the National Ballet Cuba for an exchange of dance talent, choreographers, and teachers; and created the first outreach program and choreography workshop for emerging talent. ‘The Americas Project’ Ballet de Monterrey’s repertory of classical ballets included Cynthia Gregory’s one-act Swan Lake; Alicia Alonso’s Giselle, Coppelia by Jeffrey Graham Hughes, and the Nutcracker,as well as several of my own works. The company introduced masterworks by Balanchine and Tudor, as well as revivals of such ballets as La Vivandiere by Arthur St. Leon and La Luna by Carla Merida, with original sets by Tomayo. Ballets by Latin American choreographers included Vincente Nabrada (Venezuela) and Jose Martin (Cuba).I hired Alejandro Colunga, Julio Galan, and other well-known Mexican painters for scenic designs, and initiated a project with writer Laura Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate).