Seth Orza is from San Francisco, California. He trained at San Francisco Ballet School and on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 1999, he joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice. He became a corps de ballet member in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2007. Mr. Orza joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007 and was promoted to soloist in 2008 and principal in 2010.
In April 2009, Mr. Orza performed as a guest artist with San Francisco Ballet in George Balanchine's Emeralds.
George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Coppélia (Franz), Diamonds, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Divertissement pas de deux, Demetrius, Theseus, Cavalier), Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Square Dance, and Symphony in C; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Albrecht); Val Caniparoli’s The Seasons; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Red Angels, and Serious Pleasures; Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat; William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced; Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky; Paul Gibson’s Sense of Doubt and The Piano Dance; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund, Gold & Silver pas de trois); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land and Petite Mort; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette (Tybalt); Susan Marshall’s Kiss; Mark Morris’ Kammermusik No. 3; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada); Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, Dances at a Gathering, Fancy Free, Glass Pieces, In the Night, and West Side Story Suite (Riff); Kent Stowell’s Cinderella (Prince, Harlequin), Nutcracker (Prince), and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, Opus 111, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; and Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux, Carousel (A Dance), Polyphonia, and Variations Sérieuses (Premier Danseur).
Originated Leading Roles: Benjamin Millepied’s 3 Movements, Margaret Mullin’s Lost in Light, Jonathan Porretta’s Lacrymosa, and Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less.
At New York City Ballet, Mr. Orza danced leading roles in Balanchine’s Agon, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom, Lysander), The Nutcracker, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Symphony in C, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2; Peter Martins’ Reliquary and Romeo + Juliet (Romeo); Robbins’ Fancy Free, Fanfare, In Memory Of…, Interplay, and Piano Pieces; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Evenfall, and Polyphonia. He originated featured roles in Albert Evans’s Haiku, Robbins’ NY Export: Opus Jazz (revival), Stroman’s Double Feature, and Richard Tanner’s Soirée.
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