It’s not always the case that the second half of a performance is better than the first. Particularly in contemporary dance. So often, a concept is introduced, tensions established, stakes raised . . . only for the second act to somehow lose its way and fail to make that final twist of the knife. With “Nobody” from Motionhouse, it’s the second half that’s really worth watching; something gets cleared away, and the show focuses in on the performers themselves.
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