This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe recorded its fifth highest attendance in its history, a different reality from the ghostly years of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the cost-of-living crisis and the strain the arts sector in Scotland has been under in recent years was still there. Notably within the dance sector, this was most apparent at Dance Base, where Assembly Festival, one of the bigger venue operators, collaborated with the dance house to co-curate the programme and help alleviate costs. While it was great that Assembly was able to support Dance Base and its artists to continue to put on their shows, it was still slightly strange seeing the red Assembly branding next to the (newly rebranded) purple colours of Dance Base.
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