Whim W’Him/IN-spired

Whim W’Him/IN-spired/January, 2016/Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center There’s much about Whim W’Him’s winter program, besides the name, that is In-spired. The choreographers, the choreography, the dancers’ intriguing ensemble of five men (Kyle Johnson, Jim Kent, Patrick Kilbane, Thomas Phelan, Justin Reiter) and two women (Mia Monteabaro and Tory Peil), the artistic director, the performing space,…

The exquisite Jean-Christophe Maillot Romeo et Juliette

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette offers roles that challenge even the most brilliant of dancers. In PNB’s winter program, featured dancers Noelani Pantastico, Lesley Rausch and Jerome Tisserand, Laura Tisserand, Seth Orza, Jonathan Porretta, Margeret Mullin, others – met that challenge. Could they be transcendent? (Yes, is the short answer. Read on.) So powerful in…

So You Think You Can Dance?

The So You Think You Can Dance 2015 Tour made it to the very wintery Pacific Northwest, heating up the city of Abbotsford, BC. On a frigid January 9, the 14 dancers of the tour played to a packed house – Abbotsford’s Entertainment and Sports Centre. As attendees were downing beer, pretzels, popcorn, hot dogs…

One more chance to see the inimitable Carla Korbes in Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake….

…as well as the stunning Lesley Rausch and Laura Tisserand (who debuts in the role this season), April 18-19, McCaw Hall, Seattle Center …and Michael Jinsoo Lim’s almost unbearably-sweet violin ______________________________ Carla Korbes has been ever-present throughout the repertory this season, beginning with Balanchine’s Jewels in the fall, in which she danced major roles in…

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. Arvo Part provides the mesmerizing yet minimalist music. What a thrill it was to see Carla Korbes return to the stage (post-injury),…

A Program to Remember (Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Stunning, breathtakingly beautiful, and unparalleled in programing and performance, PNB’s November program, Kylian + Pite, was one not to be missed. It is easily the most memorable (non-full-length ballet) program in the almost 20 years that I have been viewing and reviewing the company. Huge kudos to Peter Boal, ballet masters all, and the generous…

A Closer Look at Tucker Knox of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD)

See also, my longer piece at 4dancers.org The week before the SYTYCD 2013 Seattle performance, I had the opportunity to interview the competition’s winners, but most exciting for me was an interview with the stunning Tucker Knox. Tucker Knox was virtually a professional dancer before auditioning for SYTYCD. His auditions seemed effortless, and the accolades…

So You Think You Can Dance?

Older dancers? Rock the world. See Huffington Post-syndicated column: http://www.4dancers.org/2013/05/older-dancers/ But so do the younger dancers. For example… I am a huge fan of SYTYCD, I admit it. I am a fan of dancers who, outside their training and comfort zone, can conform to whatever dance style is demanded of them — with both grace…

Reality Dance, Theatrical Dance

I freely admit I have very wide-ranging tastes in dance. To me, spring and summer dance has been beguiling. So You Think You Can Dance? I was hooked – from the auditions in Vegas to the theatrical finales. I’m still outraged about the elimination of Malice early on – not an America’s favorite, but arguably…