The opening to George Balanchine’s “Serenade”—dancers standing feet parallel, right arm reaching up with the palm facing out as if to block the light—sometimes looks like a goodbye. It certainly did on Saturday, as 29-year-old principal dancer Lauren Lovette performed for the last time with New York City Ballet.
Lauren Lovette and Russell Janzen in “Serenade” by George Balanchine. Photograph by Erin Baiano
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