Tuesday, November 6, 2012
ALL Diverse and ALL Stunning - PNB's All Premiere
Pacific Northwest Ballet
November 2-11th, 2012
McMcaw Hall, Seattle
Featuring Premier Pieces by:
Mark Morris, Kiyon Gaines, Margaret Mullin and Andrew Bartee
We attended All Premier opening night, which is fun in itself, its the night to see the who's who of ballet, to get all dressed to impress and hope you rub shoulders with someone fabulous - in addition to seeing the premiere pieces from a select few amazing choreographers of course.
The evening opened with the premiere of core member Andrew Bartee's piece, Arms that Work. The stage lights to show a marvelously crafted prop that spanned the length of the stage and almost looked like a harp but with bands for the dancers to work with and around. The two dancers out of the gate were Kaori Nakamura and James Moore. Both show true elasticity with Bartee's movements and embodied the soul given with the dance. The costumes were STUNNING. Nuetral tans, linens, modern shapes and designs. Easily could be in Spiegal's Spring catalogue. I found myself wanting the women's tops. This piece showed such a different path than what the New Works and All Premieres of the past have shown, I was so happy to see something refreshing, new and off the beaten path. Bravo to Peter Boal for taking a chance on something that was truly a risk. The dancers that stood out for me: Carrie Imler by far was the highlight of not only this piece but the evening for me (more on her later),
The next piece was company member Margaret Mullins piece - Lost in Light. Reading the background on this piece about taking the saddness of a loss and finding your happiness - I was prepared for deep poetic emotion. This isnt to say Mullins didnt deliver or that I was underwhelmed, but rather it was a bit more pleasing to the eye than the emotions. I didnt feel as though it dug as deep as it could have. Whether that is the fault of the choreographer or the dancer, is up to opinion. The dancers in this company that I enjoy the most are the ones whos strength, joy and humility shine through their art when they perform. The beauty of reps like this is that you have a chance to see members of the company that arent seen as much as some of the soloists and principles are.
Last but most definitely not least, was soloist Kiyon Gaines piece, Sum Stravinsky. I have enjoyed Gaines as a dancer for years, and missed him last year during his injuries. However I didnt know what to expect of his choreographing abilities and seeing no teasers or anything - was gleefully surprised. I like to say I was doing my Zack Woodlee hands (only Glee Project fans will get this) during his entire piece! This piece regressed me to a 10 year old giggly girl who saw real life ballerina dancing in a tutu for the first time. That is the mood and feel of this ballet. Sheer happiness with a lovely spirit.
If I had to rate the performances in order of preference, I would say Gaines, Bartee, Morris and Mullin. But truly all of them were gorgeous pieces of work, each coming from the heart and soul of a gifted and talented dancer and choreographer.
This weekend is your last chance to see All Premier - tickets are available at http://www.pnb.org or at the box office day of show.