“Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere March 13, 2020,” reads the program note for Alejandro Cerrudo’s “One Thousand Pieces,” and therein lies a pandemic tale. The company premiere of Cerrudo’s ballet was supposed to have taken place on that date last year. But on March 12, 2020, as news of the strange new virus spreading through Seattle filled airwaves and iPhones, artistic director Peter Boal and the PNB staff and board gathered to face what was coming. They filmed the dress rehearsal of “One Thousand Pieces.” And the next day, instead of opening night, the theater fell dark.
Christopher D’Ariano and Leah Terada in an excerpt from Alejandro Cerrudo’s “One Thousand Pieces.” Photograph by Angela Sterling
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading