Although seemingly an evening of classical ballet, Philadelphia Ballet’s mid-March run at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, “Bold, Brilliant, Balanchine” was a program where history, politics, race, gender issues and global affairs coalesced merely by virtue of the loaded times we live in. Artistic Director Ángel Corella conceived the program which opened with Georges Bizet’s “Symphony in C” some time ago, yet his choices deeply relate to current events. Among the threads to follow are how the concert’s three ballets depend on the creative talents of women (it was Women’s History Month after all) and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Oksana Maslova, Arian Molina Soca, and Artists of Philadelphia Ballet in “Symphony in C” by George Balanchine. Photograph by Alexander Iziliaev
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