Friday, March 2, 2018

Annual 'Director's Choice' Will Make You Leap

Director's Choice will be presented March 16-25, 2018


This year’s Peter Boal’s annual selection of ballet performances at the Pacific Northwest Ballet offers audiences a riveting duet, a favorite work, a little controversy, and a world premiere by PNB dancer Ezra Thomson.

Selections included in the performance are Slingerland Duet, Red Angels and One Flat Thing. Performances will be presented March 16-25, 2018 at McCaw Hall with tickets starting at $37.

Slingerland Duet
William Forsythe’s Slingerland Duet was first performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet as part of New Suite. It features music from Gavin Bryars (String Quartet No. 1, “Between The National and The Bristol“). Dance writer Roslyn Sulcas referred to Slingerland as “one of Forsythe’s most poetic and magical ballets, with its post-apocalyptic world of scattered stones, its supernatural fairies of the corps de ballet in tutus that look like crisp, curved potato chips [this costume recently has been redesigned by Forsythe for the pas de deux], its Beckettian tramps, and passages in which individuals suspended in harnesses achieve the weightless dream of the dancer, yet float (to mysterious music by Gavin Bryars) in vulnerable limbo, unable to dance without gravity.”

One Flat Thing (PNB)
Red Angels
Red Angels premiere at the PNB on September 2005. It is a ballet of intense dramatic impact that is calculated to charge all the senses. Dressed in scarlet leotards and bathed in white and red hot light, four dancers perform with powerful athleticism to a riveting score for electric violin. It features music from Richard Einhorn and Choreography by Ulysses Dove

One Flat Thing
Originally presented in March of 2008, One Flat Thing caused a stir when it premiered. Set to a rumbling sound construction by the choreographer’s frequent collaborator, composer Thom Willems, and performed by fourteen dancers on and around twenty metal tables, One Flat Thing thrilled some, challenged others, and, for some, called into question the definitions of “ballet” and “dance.”

Tickets for Director’s Choice can be purchased online or by calling the box office at (206) 441-2424. McCaw Hall is located at 321 Mercer St. Seattle 98109.