Pacific Northwest Ballet

Jewels by George Balanchine

Sept. 22-Oct. 1 at Marion Oliver Mccaw Hall, Seattle.

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The Pacific Northwest Ballet opens its season with George Balanchine’s Jewels, and here’s why you should see it:

PNB dances Balanchine’s works very well.  The company has several of Balachine’s works in its repertoire, and its artistic director, Peter Boal, was a principal dancer at New York City Ballet.

In 2014, four dancers from the original 1967 production – legends Violette Verdy, Jacques d’Amboise, Edward Villella and Mimi Paul – came to PNB to coach its dancers on the piece and pass on knowledge that they learned from Mr. B himself.

Jérôme Kaplan is redesigning the sets and costumes.  We’ve seen his work at PNB in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s  Cendrillon and Roméo et Juliette.  I love how his work has reinterpreted traditional stories.  But, Jewels is a story-less ballet that indulges in the glamour and beauty of three schools of classical ballet – French, American and Russian .  I am very curious to see how he will renew such old-fashioned glamour.

Jewels turns 5o this year – Now that’s reason to celebrate!

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum

Falls the Shadow – created by American Ballet Theater (ABT) principal dancer Daniil Simkin.

Sept. 4 – 5, 2017 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

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This looks really interesting – Real-time motion sensors transpose dancers’ movements into images that are projected onto the Guggenheim rotunda.  Performed by Simkin, ABT soloist Cassandra Trenary (one of my favourite ABT dancers!), and Hubbard Street dancers Ana Lopez and Brett Conway; choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo (I’ve been following his work since seeing his charming piece Little Mortal Jump).

Photo © Peter Eastwood

Kokoro Dance

Embryotrophic Cavatina (world premiere)

Sept. 20-23 and 26-29, 2017

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver.

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Choreographed by Kokoro Dance Co-Directors & award-winning dance artists Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, the company’s latest full-length butoh work, which has been 20 years in the making, is set to the music of acclaimed Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner. Four dancers will strip themselves bare – literally and figuratively – in breathless motion and stillness, embodying the rawness of humanity, while transcending all superficial layers of persona and ego in true butoh style.

La Moneta. Photo ©Maud Sophie Andrieux

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival, presented by Flamenco Rosario, returns for its 27th season September 11th – 24th.

This year’s headliner is Fuensanta “La Moneta” from Granada, Spain, and is described as an artist who “possesses a deep expressive dramatic quality and an incredible mastering of compás.” She will be accompanied by cantaors, Juan Ángel Tirado and Sergio Gómez “El Colarao”; and guitarist, Luis Mariano.

Other performers in the festival include Calle Verde (Vancouver) & Christina Tremblay (Quebec) in an exciting mixed bill, Fin de Fiesta (Toronto) and Vancouver’s own Flamenco Rosario performing Nuevo, New, Nouveau – a set of new choreographies by Karen Lugo and Rosario Ancer, in which they deconstruct the art form and challenge the way we perceive flamenco.

Performances and workshops take place at various venues in the city. Visit their website for details.

La Moneta. Photo © Edward Olive