Ballet features women choreographers

By Natalie Moeller - Staff Reporter



Female choreographers get their due next month with Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of Her Story. 

The ballet runs the evenings of Nov. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., with matinee shows Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.

The production consists of three stories, Her Door to the Sky, Afternoon Ball, and Plot Point.

The stories range from 15-20 minutes, and were created by female choreographers Jessica Lang, Twyla Tharp and Crystal Pite.

What makes this production interesting is that the dance world is dominated by male choreographers. However, that isn't what initially inspired the artistic director.

"I chose these three works because each is powerful, insightful, and skillfully crafted. I did not intentionally set out to create a program of works by female choreographers," said PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal.

"The piece has the feeling of a dream, a story not quite told," said Deborah Jowitt, writer for the Arts Journal in describing Jessica Lang's Her Door to the Sky. Lang is a graduate of Juilliard and a previous member of Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation. 

Afternoon Ball, by Twyla Tharp, consists of contemporary solos from different time periods ending in a disconnected trio. She is a renowned choreographer with more than 160 works and has received a Tony and two Emmys, as well as being the founder of her own dance foundation.

Plot Point, is choreographed by Crystal Pite. She has had an extensive career performing with William Forsythe, and the British Columbia Ballet.

Pite uses film scores performed by a live orchestra from the 1960s cult classic Psycho."

"For Plot Point I wasn't compelled to deliver a narrative. I was more intrigued by screenwriting itself and our insatiable need for a story," Pite said on PNB's website.

Tickets start at $30, but if you're 19 and younger you can sign up for TeenTix online and attend for only $5. 

The ballet is performed in downtown Seattle at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.

Visit https://www.pnb.org/ for more information.

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