Sean Orza (© David Allen)
San Francisco, California
Named apprentice in 2007. Joined in 2008.
A San Francisco native, Sean Orza trained at San Francisco Ballet School and School of American Ballet prior to being named an apprentice in 2007. He joined the Company in 2008.
Orza has performed principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Hilarion), Nutcracker (King of the Mice, Russian, Spanish, and Arabian), and The Sleeping Beauty (Aristocrats); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Toreadors); Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Fates); Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (3rd Theme); Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House (John Rosmer); Jenkins’ Thread; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; Nureyev’s Raymonda—Act III (pas de quatre); Possokhov’s Francesca da Rimini (Guardians of the Inferno) and Swimmer (principal; also created a corps de ballet role); Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons; Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering (Blue); and Taylor’s Changes. He created a principal role in Thatcher’s Manifesto and soloist roles in Caniparoli’s Tears and Possokhov’s RAkU (Warriors).
His repertory also includes Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Caprice, Le Quattro Stagioni, and Trio; Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (1st and 4th movements), Coppélia, “Diamonds,” Scotch Symphony, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Theme and Variations; Caniparoli’s Lambarena; Cranko’s Onegin; Fokine’s Petrouchka; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; McGregor’s Borderlands; Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet; Possokhov’s The Rite of Spring; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval dex Animaux, From Foreign Lands, and Shostakovich Trilogy (Chamber Symphony and Piano Concerto #1); Thatcher’s Stone and Steel; and Wheeldon’s Rush.
Orza danced in the 2015 film of Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet (Montague Men) as part of the inaugural season of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. He performed Wheeldon’s Scénes de Ballet with New York City Ballet in February 2006.
He received a Shenson Performing Arts Fellowship from the San Francisco Foundation in June 2007.