Maya Taylor on the Bittersweetness of “Orfeo”

Sharon O'Brien

Maya Taylor has been instrumental to the phenomenal success of the Marigny Opera Ballet, serving as its Rehearsal Director for the company’s first three seasons, and as choreographer of some of the Ballet’s most important works, including the full-length contemporary ballets, “Orfeo” and “Giselle Deslondes.” Now, at the end of a highly successful and active three years, she has decided to step down from her position as Rehearsal Director, in order to pursue new opportunities as a choreographer.

I asked Ms. Taylor to share some of her thoughts and feelings about her work, past, present and future, and she graciously obliged.

“Orfeo” is bittersweet, as it is my final show with Marigny Opera Ballet,” she said. “Since I will be stepping down as Rehearsal Director and resident choreographer on April 16th, I have been soaking up every minute of my time with these beautiful and talented dancers. I wouldn’t be where I am today without each and every one of them.

 

“Marigny Opera Ballet has been an incredible opportunity for me for the past three seasons. I have grown both professionally and personally through each production and have had the honor to work with incredible dancers who have challenged me to be the best director and choreographer I could possibly be.

 

“As I start this next chapter in my professional career, to focus solely on choreographing and collaborating, I look forward to continuing to make an impact in the New Orleans arts community and beyond.”