Emily Molnar to leave helm of Ballet BC to become artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater

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      Ballet BC artistic director Emily Molnar has announced she’s bound for the Netherlands.

      In August 2020, she'll become artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater, one of the leading contemporary troupes on the planet.

      She’ll stay at the Vancouver-based Ballet BC, which she's helmed for a decade, until June 2020 and will help in the search for her replacement.

      When Molnar took over the company in 2009 it was on the verge of bankruptcy. Since then she’s brought in big-name contemporary choreographers and built up a touring schedule—most recently to the U.S. and Spain, with Germany scheduled for this summer.

      “Ballet BC has been my passion for many years and will always hold a special place in my heart," Molnar said in a press release. "It has been my great pleasure and privilege to lead Ballet BC through its renewal into an exciting time of growth. The company is in a wonderful place, making it a perfect moment for new and inspired artistic leadership. I look forward to the upcoming season and am thrilled to see what is next for Ballet BC.”

      The company's executive director John Clark said in the same announcement: “Ballet BC is sad to see Emily leave, but proud to see her take the next step in her career. On the heels of our recent touring and performances, and the acclaim that the Company has received from our global audiences, we are in a strong position to begin a search for a new Artistic Director and we are well-placed to continue on the current trajectory of providing the highest caliber dance to Vancouver, Canada, and international audiences.”