Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Pacific Northwest Ballet, again

Program: Director’s Choice

March 14-23, 2014

Seattle’s McCaw Hall

Susan Marshall’s Kiss is part meditation, part circus, part soliloquy (the dancers spend almost more time apart than together), and (when together) intimate duet.

Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers Carla Körbes and James Moore in Susan Marshall’s Kiss, being presente

Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers Carla Körbes and James Moore in Susan Marshall’s Kiss

Arvo Part provides the mesmerizing yet minimalist music. What a thrill it was to see Carla Korbes return to the stage (post-injury), as captivating and focused as ever. More on principal dancers: In State of Darkness, Jonathan Porretta (in the opening night cast) was a mass of focus, sweat, and sheer determination.

Corps dancers Leah Merchant and Andrew Bartee in the world premiere of Alejandro Cerrudo’s Memory Glow
Corps dancers Leah Merchant and Andrew Bartee in the world premiere of Alejandro Cerrudo’s Memory Glow

Corps dancers rocked this program, none better than Andrew Bartee (dancing like a principal) and Leah Merchant. But the evening’s top star was Kaori Nakamura, who will retire from the stage in June, 2014. Here, in Take 5, she was striking —  spritely but powerful, wickedly clear yet playful with tempo, accessible but not — Nakamura’s performance aura and style will be deeply missed.

Kaori Nakamura (in yellow) with company dancers in Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less

Kaori Nakamura (in yellow) with company dancers in Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less

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