Upon Mme. Dokoudovska’s retirement in 1980, Todd Bolender, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet and protégé of George Balanchine, established Kansas City Ballet’s artistic focus. William Whitener, a former dancer with The Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dance, succeeded Mr. Bolender and served as artistic director from 1996-2013. Devon Carney began as artistic director in 2013.
By commissioning new works by some of today’s most sought-after choreographers, giving rise to young talent, acquiring existing works by master choreographers, and introducing new interpretations of classic full-length productions, Mr. Carney is creating a sophisticated, diverse repertory that offers powerful entertainment for all audiences.