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 Post subject: Pacific Northwest Ballet 2011-12 Season
PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:52 pm 
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Pacific Northwest Ballet announces its 2011-12 season, highlighted by a new production of "Don Quixote" with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky. Moira Macdonald reports in the Seattle Times.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:49 am 
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Elizabeth Murphy, a new corps member from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, is profiled by the Chelmsford Patch.

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Corps member Margaret Mullin is profiled by Rosie Gaynor in Dance Magazine.

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A brief sketch of corps member Abby Relic's interest in hip-hop by Margaret Fuhrer in Pointe Magazine.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:55 am 
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Philippa Kiraly profiles PNB Music Director Emil de Cou for The Sun Break.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:16 pm 
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Pacific Northwest Ballet is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Joyce Theatre Foundation, the Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance, intended to encourage large ballet companies to commission new works. Adam Kepler reports for the New York Times.

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 Post subject: Re: Pacific Northwest Ballet 2011-12 Season
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Principal dancer Lucien Postlewaite will depart PNB at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season in order to join Jean-Christophe Maillot's Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Moira Macdonald reports on the press announcement in the Seattle Times.

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 Post subject: Re: Pacific Northwest Ballet 2011-12 Season
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Past Tense
Balanchine Then And Now
Lecture-Demonstration
Pacific Northwest Ballet
2 April 2012

by Dean Speer

We are so fortunate to have in our very midst someone who worked closely and personally with the great George Balanchine during his lifetime...and while he was in the midst of a golden era of creativity – Francia Russell. Russell, who along with her husband, Kent Stowell, co-directed Pacific Northwest Ballet until their retirement from that busy and demanding life a few years ago.

Both stay active in the ballet, particularly Russell who is kept busy by the Balanchine Trust staging his ballets for companies globally.

Russell is a adroit speaker and savvy observer who is very quick on her feet and who appears to enjoy publically presenting her considerable professional and personal knowledge and stories.

Paired with PNB Artistic Director, Peter Boal, the two contrasted and compared differences in Mr. Balanchine’s ballets and explored with us why and how many of these changes came about, using archival footage and company dancers.

A good example was the male Melancholic solo from “The Four Temperaments” where they first had Benjamin Griffiths show the original version and then Matthew Renko who demonstrated a later version. Then, and this was most interesting – they danced simultaneously, we could easily see what these difference might be. I found myself preferring the older version – it actually seemed more contemporary and unusual to me. Arms across the body as opposed to more open. The later version impressed me as being more rounded, less edgy, yet still dramatic.

We were then treated to a film clip of Russell as one of the three muses in “Apollo” with the legendary Jacques d’Amboise as the title character. She commented that this was a ballet that she always enjoyed performing – from beginning as an attendant in the birth scene to being a muse.

Herself at the creation and as a part of it, Russell told us of her inclusion in the iconic “Agon” and how, first as a member of the corps and then later as a soloist, she was able to learn and perform many of the parts. Maria Chapman and Lesley Rausch performed a duet, and as earlier with the men, did it one time through from the Russell era and one time through as now done by the New York City Ballet.

Insider information included how one female dancer, due to both preference – apparently did not like to make leaps -- and a foot problem – how humanely Balanchine would customize certain sequences or individual steps to accommodate such things, or how he might change something if he felt there were artistic reasons.

Griffiths next did the male solo from “Square Dance” which is a later addition done for Bart Cook who taught it to Boal, who has since passed it along himself. It’s a very introspective dance. Probably the biggest difference from the original of the ballet is that a square dance caller was used – which some companies sometimes still use today.

“Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux” is a dance that Balanchine made in 1960 for Violette Verdy and d’Amboise and has been a popular dance – to do and to view – ever since. The film clip shown was a clever montage of the coda with various casts over the years, from the original to fairly contemporary, including Peter Martins and Baryshnikov. Very charming.

We couldn’t get enough and the hour and-a-half spent enjoying this demonstration in PNB’s made-to-order ballet studios absolutely flew by, concluding with Russell summarizing what she felt where some of her mentor’s qualities and attributes – how he liked to work hard yet enjoy himself and life outside of ballet, talking about people and politics and how she fully credits him with bringing her back into the ballet through his [strong] suggestion that she teach, learn his ballets and stage them and be a ballet mistress at NYCB. Her talk of her early days of teaching, his observing her do this and his invaluable feedback, allowed us to feel like we were there and, importantly gave us insight into the staging and preservation of Balanchine’s art.

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 Post subject: Re: Pacific Northwest Ballet 2011-12 Season
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 1:11 pm 
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Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers will be featured in excerpts from the choreography of Marius Petipa at the Guggenheim Museum's "Works and Process" series, Sunday and Monday, May 13-14, 2012. In the New York Times, Alastair Macaulay discusses the challenges of reconstructing Petipa's works.

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In the Sun Break, Philippa Kiraly interviews Lucien Postlewaite and Kaori Nakamura about Lucien's impending move to Monte Carlo.

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Alice Kaderlan interviews Lucien Postlewaite for Crosscut.

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Moira Macdonald interviews Lucien Postlewaite for the Seattle Times.

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