Teresa Reichlen, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for the past 13 years, announced Wednesday that she will be retiring from the company and perform a farewell performance in George Balanchine’s “Swan Lake.”
“I love my job, but I’ve been doing it for over 20 years,” Reichlen, 37, said in an interview. “So I’m excited to try something new.”
What’s new, she added, will be the move from City Ballet’s Lincoln Center campus to the Lower East Side, where she plans to work as gallery director at Shrine, which was founded in 2016 by Her husband, Scott Ogden.
“He never pressured me to stop, but that has always been my long-term goal when it comes to working for the gallery,” says Reichlen. “And his gallery manager has actually just left, so this comes at a good time for us.”
She had expected her farewell performance to be Peter Martins’ play “Swan Lake,” but its performance was canceled and the company’s inventory changed, due to disruptions caused by the Omicron variant delayed the winter start of the City Ballet. Instead, she’ll be dancing to Odette in the one-act version of Balanchine on February 19.
It might have been a less epic goodbye, but Reichlen didn’t mind. She said that she recently tested positive for coronavirus and was quarantined, not letting her into the gym, and worried about taking part in the entire ballet as soon as she recovered. “When I saw that a scene was there,” she said, “it was pretty perfect.”
Reichlen became an apprentice of the City Ballet in the fall of 2000 and joined its corps a year later. She was promoted to soloist in 2005, then principal in October 2009. She has performed in the main repertoire – such as works by Balanchine and Robbins – and rooted in roles. premieres of Justin Peck, Benjamin Millepied and many other artists.
“I had to dance the Balanchine choreography in the theater he built, with a live orchestra,” says Reichlen. “The gravy above has traveled the world, to St.Petersburg, London, Paris; We’ve been to a lot of epic theatres. ”
Reichlen became the face of City Ballet’s response to the turmoil in 2018, after Martins quits at the company between allegations of abuse (which he denies) and fellow dancers were fired sexual misconduct. Surrounded by colleagues on stage at the David H. Koch Theater, she started the Fall Fashion Gala that year with a speech. in which she said: “We will not put art before conventional decency or allow talent to shake our morals. With the world changing – and our beloved institution in the spotlight – we continue to hold ourselves to the high ethical standards that were instilled in us when we decided to become dancers. profession. ”
Like many other performers, Reichlen has looked back on her life during the pandemic. She took the longest break of her career, and right after that know that she is pregnant. Her time off played an important role in her decision to retire.
“I could never have imagined my life without the dance in it,” she said. “It was scary, but then I was really surprised by how OK I was with it.”
Several other City Ballet principals have recently retired or announced plans to do so, including Abi Stafford, Ask la Cour, Lauren Lovette and Maria Kowroski in the fall; Gonzalo Garcia then in February; and Amar Ramasar in May.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/26/arts/dance/teresa-reichlen-retires-new-york-city-ballet.html Teresa Reichlen retires from New York City Ballet