Even when Lauren Lovette was in the corps de ballet, standing somewhere on the side of the stage, somehow you just couldn’t miss her. Her eyes and face always seemed to find the light. The quality never left her, as she took on an increasing number and range of roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and, more recently, Alexei Ratmansky. Her performance of the dopey princess in Ratmansky’s “Namouna” was unforgettable, not just because of the go-for-broke quality of the dancing, but because of the imagination and personality one could sense behind every step. She seemed to be discovering the story even as she danced it. The same was true in the solo Ratmansky created for Lovette in his 2020 ballet “Voices,” in which she became a clown, a marathon runner, a tightrope walker, a silent movie diva, all in the span of a few minutes.
Lauren Lovette. Photograph by Nicholas Mackay
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