Pacific Northwest Ballet‘s annual Director’s Choice program brings three, recent, gorgeous works together on stage this month. Two of the works made their Seattle premiere last Thursday. This week offers four more chances to see them.
Empire Noir by David Dawson (2015)
The ecstatic, modern choreography of Empire Noir starts the program with a bang. Ten dancers in minimalist attire perform solos and ensemble movements within a twilit, illusory space.
New Suite by William Forsythe (2012)
Forsythe’s New Suite returns to Seattle after a successful Seattle debut in 2015. Set to music by Handel, Berio and Bach, the dance is a sequence of pas de deux. Diverse movements convey fraught dynamics between the sexes, sometimes desirous, sometimes vicious, always emotive.
Her Door to the Sky by Jessica Lang (2016)
Benjamin Britten‘s Simple Symphony provides the musical basis for Her Door to the Sky. Jessica Lang provides the choreography and scenery. Commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Pacific Northwest Ballet, Her Door to the Sky had its world premiere last August. In some ways, the Seattle premiere is more aptly timed. The piece is inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keefe, whose first solo exhibition debuted in 1917, a century past this year. Specifically, Her Door to the Sky is inspired by O’Keefe’s Patio Door series, painted between 1946-1956.
The dreamy pastel palette and flowing costumes of the production are an apt homage in themselves. Lang’s movements emphasize the fluid, freeing, feminine force of O’Keefe’s painting.
See snippets of the performances ion the video from PNB below.
PNB Presents: Directors Choice 2016-17
When: March 23-26
Where: McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109)