PNB joins three dances into one
By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter
Pacific Northwest Ballet's Emergence welds together three different shows in its newest production, Emergence.
The trio of dances includes Emergence, by Crystal Pite; RAkU, by Yuri Possokhov; and Little Mortal Jump, by Alejandro Cerrudo.
First performed at PNB in 2013, Pite's Emergence features 34 dancers performing to Owen Belton's original score. It explores the "hive mind," or the connection between living things at multiple levels.
"Our artistic director, Peter Boal, was a great admirer of choreographer Crystal Pite and her work," said Gary Tucker, media relations manager.
"Crystal does not usually work with ballet companies and dancers on pointe, but she had recently choreographed Emergence for National Ballet of Canada, where it was a big hit, so she agreed to stage it on our company."
This will be PNB's premiere of RAkU. This show tells the story of a princess who is sent to live with a monk while her husband is at war.
The three women dancing the part of the princess are Lindsi Dee, Noelani Pantastico, and Lesley Rausch, each performing the role on different nights.
"Even just in subtle movements, you can feel [her] love and passion for him," Dee said on PNB's blog.
"To be the vessel to portray a woman unraveling is something I take very seriously," Pantastico said.
Rausch said "the ballet is exhausting, both physically and mentally."
The final performance that will be included is Little Mortal Jump.
It features the use of different shapes, couples, and contrasting music to explore relationships.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on April 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21.
It will be at 2 p.m. on April 14, and 1 p.m. on April 22.
The address for the McCaw Hall is 321 Mercer St., Seattle.
Tickets will be $57-187 depending on which section is selected.
To purchase tickets and for more information www.pnb.org/season/17-18/emergence/.