“I'm interested in the democratization of dance and theater, and redefining what constitutes a stage—both aesthetically and socially.” That’s Sarah Elgart speaking, a force of nature who has been at the forefront of dance in L.A. as a choreographer, director and producer for more than three decades. Still model-thin with blue eyes and long blonde hair, Elgart has not only engaged audiences with site-specific projects that have transformed bus terminals, airports and museums into veritable action paintings, but she’s also choreographed for film, commercials and television, working with high-profile directors that include Catherine Hardwicke, David Lynch and J. J. Abrams.
Screen shot of Lillian Barbeito in "Motherlode" a music video for Angela Luna. Choreographed and directed by Sarah Elgart
One way to get to know the history of a company is through the “liner notes” of its “Swan Lake” production, and for those of us continuing to build an admiring familiarity with Pacific Northwest Ballet via its digital season offerings, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell’s “Swan Lake” provides an interesting glimpse into PNB prior to Peter Boal’s leadership.FREE ARTICLE