The first iteration of Canada's All Star Gala was presented in February of this year, showcasing work from the classical canon danced by gifted artists from around the world. Helmed by ballerina Svetlana Lunkina, it was a balletic treat, a confection of classicism, featuring gems rarely if ever performed in North America. A modern programme was promised, and ambitious as it seemed to present not one but two of these spectaculars within a year, the second All Star Gala took place on Saturday night at the Sony Centre.
Svetlana Lunkina and Evan McKie in White Swan pas de deux from David Dawson's “Swan Lake.” Photograph by Karolina Kuras
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