19 MARCH 2014

Dangerous secrets and all that jazz, from Pacific Northwest Ballet

Matthew Renko in Molissa Fenley’s solo tour de force STATE OF DARKNESS, set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (Photo: Angela Sterling)


“Secrets are dangerous things,” intoned Robert Redford, the quintessential good guy with a terrible secret, in his 2012 political thriller The Company You Keep. Music from this …

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15 FEBRUARY 2014

Oregon Ballet Theatre unveils world première by Christopher Stowell



Portland will be the hot spot for ballet this coming week, with Oregon Ballet Theatre reprising three much-loved works, and premiering a new work by former Artistic Director Christopher Stowell.

Three of the pieces were created on the dancers of OBT.  Stowell recently returned to choreograph his first …

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San Francisco Ballet’s immortal Giselle

Leigh Donlan reports from the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco:


Yuan Yuan Tan, Davit Karapetyan and San Francisco Ballet dancers in Act I of Helgi Tomasson’s GISELLE (Photo: Erik Tomasson)


If a ballerina makes it far enough into her career to dance the title role of Giselle, …

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21 NOVEMBER 2013

Pacific Northwest Ballet dazzles in Kylián + Pite

Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers in Crystal Pite’s EMERGENCE (Photo: Angela Sterling)

Few programs explore the power of ballet to depict the human condition and the inhuman condition as beguilingly as Pacific Northwest Ballet’s recent offering of three modern classics by Jiří Kylián, brilliantly paired with Emergence, Crystal Pite’s spine-chilling …

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