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posted Friday, March 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 12
Pacific Northwest Ballet continues Contemporary 4
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Pacific Northwest Ballet continues Contemporary 4

by Milton W. Hamlin - SGN A&E Writer

Contemporary 4
Pacific Northwest
Ballet
Through March 27


Pacific Northwest Ballet opened its mixed repertory production of four contemporary works last weekend. The program, billed as Contemporary 4, continues performances through Sunday, March 27. Fans of traditional ballet will rejoice that the next two PNB programs are full-length story ballets: A Midsummer Night's Dream, running April 8-17, and the premiere of a newly restored Giselle, running June 3-12.

The four-part program of contemporary ballet features two returning titles to PNB's vast repertoire and two new works - one a world premiere. All four works were well-received by the cheering capacity crowd. As usual, the modern works at PNB have strong support from younger members of the loyal subscription audience. The older crowd obviously enjoys traditional ballet's setting, costumes, and choreography more, and PNB has a challenge with each grouping of contemporary works.

Pacific, a 1995 work from Mark Morris, opened the evening last Friday night. Morris, a Seattle/Renton native who grew up to be 'the bad boy of modern dance' and is now an established, highly respected choreographer with world-renowned fame, created Pacific for the San Francisco Ballet in 1995. Seattle didn't see it until 2007, where it was welcomed as a modern classic. Like all of the works on the Contemporary 4 program, Pacific is an abstract ballet. The bare-chested men wear long, pleated skirts, reminiscent of Pacific Islanders. The women, in similar outfits with tight, sarong-like tops, join the men in the work's four movements: Dance, Rhapsody, Song, and Allegro. Music from Lou Harrison - for violin, cello and piano - supports the dancers beautifully.

Morris, an openly Gay man who often talks about his early Seattle experiences in dance and his training in folk dance in The Emerald City, is a recent addition to PNB. Peter Boal, now the artistic director, vowed to bring important works by major modern choreographers to PNB, and Morris was one of the first on his list.

Place a Chill, the second work of the evening, is a world premiere, commissioned by Boal and PNB from 'hot' choreographer Marco Goecke. Goecke's earlier short, solo work, Mopey, is one of the most controversial works at PNB in recent years. Originally commissioned by Boal when he led his own company in New York, Mopey was a quick PNB addition after Boal came to PNB five years ago. Place a Chill, danced to music by Saint-Saens, is a bigger work, set on 10 dancers. The men are bare-chested and the women are in flesh-colored, square-topped tops and the same unisex pants as the men. The murky lighting and the similar styled costumes purposely blurred the line between the sexes - 'I couldn't tell the difference between the men and women,' the older woman sitting next to me mentioned. Clearly it didn't matter and was probably the goal of the extremely abstract work.

The work - another controversial creation - featured a great deal of upper-body 'quivering.' Long sequences without music were another unusual aspect. Beautifully danced, the work clearly requires a second look.

The Piano Dance debuted at PNB in 2005, but this writer didn't catch up with it until last weekend. Set to 10 piano solos from five composers - Chopin, Bartok, John Cage, and others - the work by former PNB soloist Paul Gibson featured four couples, all in red velvet and satin. The men wore red velvet crewneck tops with matching tights, except that one leg ended at knee length and one continued to the floor, decorated with red racing stripes in a contrasting red fabric. No one in the pressroom at the following intermission had any idea of 'what that meant.' The women were in matching red velvet and satin leotards with a red velvet fantail. Again, it was beautifully danced, with skillful pairings and trios.

Concerto DSCH was the final work on the program. Danced to music by Dmitri Shostakovich, the work by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky is new to PNB. It premiered in 2008 at New York City Ballet. The title - an in-joke using the composer's initials as part of its source - was much discussed in the pressroom before the work's PNB premiere. Danced by 19 members of the company, the work was the biggest cast of the evening. It also featured some of the most memorable work. Like any premiere, it requires a second look - which PNB will undoubtedly schedule at the earliest possible moment. Allan Dameron, acting musical director/conductor, led the PNB orchestra in a polished performance of the Shostakovich and the earlier Saint-Saens.

Ticket information on the remaining performances of Contemporary 4 is available at (206) 441-2424 or www.pnb.org. Check it out.

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