Queensland Ballet staged Kenneth MacMillan’s “Manon”—a rarity in and of itself. It is not every day that a MacMillan piece graces an Australian stage, and when it does you know that it was by no means an easy feat to get it there. Expectations were set high for this premiere; “Manon” was pitched as the diamond of the company’s season and promised to fully immerse the audience in the absolute wealth and passion of the tale. A promise, it seems, that Queensland Ballet was fully justified to make.
Mia Heathcote and Patricio Reve in “Manon” by Kenneth MacMillan. Photograph David Kelly
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