Five years into his appointment as artistic director, former American Ballet Theatre star, Ángel Corella challenges the Pennsylvania Ballet’s cadre to surpass themselves each new season. Adding demi-soloist and first soloist last spring gives him 23 dancers above the corps and a freer hand in casting for each ballet. The result is a faster, sleeker look on the entire company from corps to principal dancer.
Oksana Maslova, Sterling Baca, and Jack Thomas in Garrett Smith’s “Reverberance.” Photograph by Alexander Iziliaev
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