For Every Swan, A Song: A Farewell to Pacific Northwest Ballet's Patricia Barker
by Dean Speer
I’ve been dreading Patricia Barker’s “Farewell” event for awhile. Now that it’s nearly upon us, I’m strengthening my resolve to courageously meet and greet the passing of her talent from the Pacific Northwest Ballet boards. Each time someone leaves the stage, it’s a loss to the art and to the greater public, regardless of the reason(s) for doing so.
Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Jewels'
by Dean Speer --June 3 and 9, 2006, McCaw Hall, Seattle
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s premiere of Balanchine’s full-length abstract ballet “Jewels” presented two diamonds... One brightly burning and nearing the conclusion of her performance career – Patricia Baker – and another making her first forays into the Van Cleef and Arpels-inspired role – Carla Körbes.
Talking with PNB Soloist Mara Vinson
by Dean Speer and Francis Timlin
I’ve enjoyed working with Nicolo Fonte, Val Caniparoli. It’s nice to have new and different stagers...I got to work with the very special Freddie (Frederic) Franklin here while he and Francia worked on re-constructing Balanchine’s “Raymonda” for the Balanchine Restoration Project. He’s in his 90s and simply amazing. Full of energy and demonstrating everything.
Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Nutcracker'
by Dean Speer -- November 24, 2006, McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
Now in its 24th year, this PNB holiday offering continues to delight audiences of all ages and to astonish repeat goers. Opening night audiences certainly got an “A” cast with Louise Nadeau as the adult Clara and Olivier Wevers as her dashing prince. Both were elegant and strong for their respective variations...
Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Swan Lake'
by Dean Speer -- February 3, 2007, McCall Hall, Seattle, Washington
Pacific Northwest Ballet - All Premiere Program
by Dean Speer -- November 4, 2006, McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
Pacific Northwest Ballet: Director's Choice - 'Fancy Free,' 'In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated,' 'Theme and Variations'
by Dean Speer -- September 21, 23, 2006, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle
Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'Sleeping Beauty'
by Dean Speer -- April 14-15, 2006, McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
Pacific Northwest Ballet - Points of View Repertory Program
by Dean Speer -- March 18, 2006, McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
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