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Wendy Whelan.© David Michalek. (Click image for larger version)

Interview: Wendy Whelan on staging her first ballet – at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Passing it On: Wendy Whelan Stages her first ballet, Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, for Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Pacific Northwest Ballet in David Dawson's A Million Kisses to my Skin.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – A Million Kisses to my Skin, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Emergence – New York

★★★✰✰ Overall, the impression was of a company in top form, at ease in a variety of styles. The dancers have an easy-going, open demeanor that makes even the knottiest works look more appealing.

Jerome Tisserand and Lesley Rausch in Stravinsky Violin Concerto.© Lindsay Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Square Dance, Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto – New York

★★★★✰ Clarity of execution is a hallmark of this Seattle-based company, which has been led since 2005 by the former New York City Ballet star, Peter Boal.

Peter Boal.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Peter Boal – Pacific Northwest Ballet – Artistic Director

So how long does he see himself staying on the far side of America? “Well, I am just about to sign another six year contract,” he grinned…

Carla Körbes and Seth Orza in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette.© Angela Sterling & courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Romeo et Juliette – New York

Without Körbes’s natural, radiant dancing, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, which dominated the company’s four-day run, would have been hard to bear.

Seth Orza, Carla Körbes, Maria Chapman, Lesley Rausch (front-back) in Apollo.© Lindsay Thomas. (Click image for larger version)

Pacific Northwest Ballet – Concerto Barocco, Apollo, Agon – New York

In New York one can begin to feel proprietary about Balanchine, to form the illusion that his choreography is a local specialty, the province of a select group of dancers, all of them employees of New York City Ballet. But this is mere local pride.

Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz in Giselle.© Angela Sterling. (Click image for larger version)

Carla Korbes – Pacific Northwest Ballet – Principal

Now thirty-one Carla Korbes has grown up to become one of America’s most remarkable ballerinas. Her recent performance of Terpsichore’s duet with Apollo at the Guggenheim was one of the most touchingly natural and innately musical interpretations I’ve seen.

Nancy Reynolds interviewing Edward Villella about Tarantella and Rubies, GBF Video Archives, 2008.© Nancy Reynolds. (Click image for larger version)

Nancy Reynolds – George Balanchine Foundation – Director of Research

An in-depth interview with the lady who helps bring Balanchine back…

Shantala Shivalingappa in Shiva Ganga.© C. P. Satyajit. (Click image for larger version)

Fall For Dance Festival – Program 4: Shivalingappa, PNWB, Melnick, Ka Leo O Laka – New York

Every Fall For Dance program is a bit of a pot luck, which is part of the festival’s charm. This year it has been expanded to twelve of performances (each costing $15, up from $10 last year)…

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