“That was beautiful, but I didn’t get it,” was a refrain Brett Ishida got used to hearing in the audience at dance performances. At the time, Ishida, a former dancer, was studying for her degrees in English and education. She says the comment made her consider the potential in the journals and written narratives she’d been keeping for years—and provided her with the unlikely inspiration to create dances that would resonate with audiences.
“I thought, ‘I would love to create works that are really relevant, that are something that people in modernity can really understand and relate to,’” she remembers. Her observation—and the drive it created—turned into the ethos behind Ishida Dance Company.
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