We hear the dancers before we see them, and that's the point: “Not to watch, but to listen to,” the recorded voice of “Baby” Laurence Jackson instructs. We hear fluttering then see furious tapping as the curtain rises on “Hoofer's Memory Lab,” which opened New York City Center's latest “Artists at the Center” program curated by Ayodele Casel.
Ayodele Casel's "Where We Dwell V.2." Photograph by Christopher Duggan
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