PNB presents ‘New Works’ and ‘Snow White’

  • Wed Mar 14th, 2012 1:57pm
  • Life

By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer

Pacific Northwest Ballet artistic director Peter Boal demonstrates his commitment to contemporary dance with an all-premier lineup, “New Works,” featuring some of the best choreographers at work today.

The program opens with “A Million Kisses to My Skin,” by Britsih-born David Dawson featuring Bach’s Concerto No. 1. It’s the choreographer’s tribute to complete bliss experienced in dance.

Co-created by PNB and Whim W’Him, the next piece is Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Cyclindrical Shadows,” a semi-biographical remembrance of receiving a phone call with terrible news. The piece is about disturbance and disruption and how people cope. The half-Columbian, half-Belgian choreographer currently is at work on a ballet version of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

The final work presented is the world premier of Victor Quijada’s “Mating Theory.” The music is by composer and hip-hop artist Jasper Gahunia, and his work will be an interesting contrast to the classical scores of the other two pairings.

Seattle audiences may recall Quijada’s earlier work, “Suspension of Disbelief,” which was staged in 2006 and 2010.

Presentations of “New Works” begin at 7:30 tonight and continue with performances at 7:30 Saturday, March 22 and 24, and at 1 p.m. March 18 and 2 p.m. March 24 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle.

Tickets are $28 to $168 at www.pnb.org or 206-441-2424.

Younger audiences may prefer “Snow White,” part of PNB’s Family Matinee Series.

This narrated, hourlong performance follows the familiar story of the childhood classic.

There’s an evil queen, a poison apple and the precious Snow White, all danced by students at the PNB school. The production was created by local choreographer Bruce Wells especially for young audiences.

“Snow White” has three performances, 3:30 March 17, noon March 18 and 3:30 p.m. March 25, at McCaw Hall.

Tickets are $25 to $67, or $22 to $60 for children 12 and younger, at www.pnb.org or 206-441-2424.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447; jholtz@heraldnet.com.