There are two very distinct strands to Richard Alston's choreography. The first is a provocative, experimental path, where Alston's eccentric musical choices dictate the shifts and twists within. The second is a more classical, traditional route. Yet, both are never too sentimental or frilly, in spite of the craftsmanship. His is a “get on with it” approach, and there is an enormous amount of heart and humour, so it's really heartbreaking to think there have been recent cuts to the company, and they're winding down.
Pierre Tapon, Nancy Nerantzi, Anelli Binder in “Isthmus.” Photograph by Tony Nandi
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