Paul Szilard Impresario
Paul Szilard was born in Budapest, Hungary and became a United States citizen in the 1950’s. A former leading dancer, Paul Szilard has performed throughout the world with such famous dancers as Nora Kaye, Colette Marchand, Sonia Arova and others. As a world-renowned impresario, he has presented such prestigious dance companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (for which he was the exclusive international representative for almost 40 years), New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company. Paul Szilard produced the first Japanese tour of West Side Story with an American cast, and has been responsible for countless celebrated cultural events throughout Asia, Australia and Europe. He produced and presented the Bavarian National Ballet of the Munich State Opera at the New York State Theater and presented American Ballet Theater at the Nouveau Festival International de Danse de Paris and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the same festival in 2001. In 2009, the Opening Night Gala of the Ailey Company’s three-week engagement at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris was given in his honor. The list of internationally-acclaimed artists presented by Paul Szilard is impressive, including such legendary stars as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Eric Bruhn, Patrick Dupond, Judith Jamison, John Taras, Violette Verdy, Donna Wood and many others. His much-awaited autobiography, Under MyWings: My Life as an Impresario, was published in 2002.