A world premiere by Cathy Marston had been a major draw card for the Queensland Ballet's new triple bill, however, there was a reverence to the evening that no one could have predicted. This performance of “Trilogy” came a day after artistic director Li Cunxin announced his retirement at the end of the year due to ill health. It was a bittersweet preface to the evening. I was not alone in cherishing “Trilogy” with a newfound respect for what both Li and his wife Mary (company ballet mistress, who is also retiring) have done for the company over the past eleven years.
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