Locally-sourced in Seattle

Pacific Northwest Baallet’s November program highlighted “local” Seattle talent in three impressive pieces—Eva Stone’s Foil (see my earlier blog on Eva Stone’s FOIL), Donald Byrd’s Love and Loss, and Miles Pertl’s Wash of Gray. Byrd’s piece was bold and purposeful. As reported here Byrd/PNB Blog, What drives the work that I do at Spectrum [Dance…

Bye-Bye Bolle

The June 2019 Dance Magazine noted the great Roberto Bolle’s “retirement.” And also here: Dancer retirements. His special farewell performance with American Ballet Theatre was June 17, 2019. But he continues to perform in and produce ballet spectacles in Italy—which I get to see each summer that I’m working there. In Italy, Roberto Bolle is literally a…

Ballet in Cuba

Alicia Alonso’s Ballet Nacional de Cuba in performance is one of the must-sees in any Havana tour. I attended a conference in Cuba in November, which allowed me to see not only her company at the magnificent Gran Teatro de La Habana, but also that of Roberto Chorens and her daughter Laura’s Ballet “Laura Alonso,”…