Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle – March 19, 2016.
For this season’s Director’s Choice, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s artistic director Peter Boal selected works by three choreographers whom he regards among the “truly gifted” of this era: Justin Peck, Alejandro Cerrudo and Paul Gibson. Incidentally, both Peck and Cerrudo are also dancers in the companies – New York City Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, respectively – for which these works were created. Gibson, in addition to his choreographic pursuits, is a ballet master at PNB and created his piece for the company.
The program presented:
Rush by Paul Gibson – dramatic silhouettes constructed scenes of Balanchine-inspired neoclassical ballet.
Little Mortal Jump by Alejandro Cerrudo – is delightfully theatrical, and its expressive dance vocabulary whisks us away into the dancers’ world.
Year of the Rabbit by Justin Peck – Peck’s first creation for the New York City Ballet impresses with structural complexity and charm.