ABT II Artistic Director Wes Chapman will be interviewed prior to the debut of the company's performance at Northrop to discuss the history of the company and the repertoire.
A native of Union Springs, Alabama, Chapman joined American Ballet Theatre in 1984 as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to Soloist in 1987 and to Principal Dancer in 1989. With ABT, Chapman performed all the leading roles in the ballet repertoire and in works by many of the twentieth century's master choreographers, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, and Antony Tudor. He also created leading roles in Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and Twyla Tharp's The Elements. Chapman was named Artistic Director of the Studio Company in 2007.