When it was conceived in 2006, “Sacred Monsters” marked Sylvie Guillem's transition from the classical scene to the contemporary one—an intriguing development that had the famed ballerina's fans on the edge of their seats, eager to witness what turned out to be an inspired reformation. This revival, however, speaks to a less celebratory event: Guillem's impending departure from the stage altogether. (Her final performances have been announced for May 2015.) A full house showed up last week to watch the piece, which takes its title from an old French nickname for the biggest icons of the theatre and also features contemporary superstar Akram Khan. We weren't disappointed: the two stars put on an incredible show, one brimming with virtuosity and the kind of experimental artistry only dancers of a certain calibre can pull off convincingly.
Akram Khan and Sylvie Guillem in "Sacred Monsters." Photograph by Tristram Kenton
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