Pacific Northwest Ballet finally made good on its long-planned tour to New York City this week, exactly two years after its intended run. Covid was still, unfortunately, plaguing the troupe: many last-minute principal replacements were announced in both the dancing ranks and those of the PNB orchestra—who were also, impressively, along for the tour. Poor, lovely Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan danced in two pieces while taking a mask on and off depending on whether she was in proximity to other dancers’ faces. (What a lot to keep track of! Did she have a mask waiting in every wing?) Despite these pandemic remnants, the company looked good—and they brought the same kind of thought-provoking, hit-and-miss programming as in their last visit six years ago.
Pacific Northwest Ballet in “Waiting at the Station” by Twyla Tharp. Photograph by Angela Stirling