Tom Cardy of New Zealand's Dominion Post reports that ABT's Ethan Stiefel and Gillian Murphy will be joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet – he as Artistic Director; she as a principal dancer. The article indicates that Murphy will continue to perform with ABT and elsewhere in the world:
While the Royal NZ Ballet was rapt with Stiefel's appointment, it had been unclear whether Murphy would perform with the company. However, Stiefel confirmed exclusively to The Dominion Post that she will dance here.
"Gillian and I committed to coming to Wellington and the [Royal NZ Ballet] together. Because of this fact, she will have a consistent performing presence with the company, while maintaining the key guesting and [American Ballet Theatre] engagements a ballerina of her stature should be doing at this point in her career. Perhaps, this is even bigger news than my becoming artistic director."
Sounds like a nice place to sun and swim but sure is a long way from New York. Hope this opportunity for Stiefel works out better than the Ballet Pacifica and North Carolina School of the Arts gigs did.