PNB Soloists Rachel Foster & James Moore in Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain pas de deux [Photo: Angela Sterling]
From September 23 to October 2 the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington will perform All Wheeldon, an evening of works by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Fortunately, for the dancers, these works are already in PNB's repertory.
The evening includes After the Rain pas de deux "performed to Pärt's spare and tender duet for piano and violin, Spiegel im Spiegel…In a series of unfolding partnering movements, the dancers explore the shifting emotions of their relationship."
PNB Principal Dancer Kaori Nakamura in Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia [Photo: Angela Sterling]
Christopher Wheeldon describes Polyphonia, which means "many voices" and was choreographed to piano pieces by György Ligeti, as "romantic with comic twists":
"Overhead horizontal lifts, rolls and pushes off the floor contrast with classical ballet steps. The first of two key duets for the leading principal couple evokes sea creatures swimming, while the second looks like a strange plant growing and closing in on itself. The last horizontal lifts and fade-out arrest the movement, frame it, and let it dissolve like a film."
PNB Company Dancers in Christopher Wheeldon's Comic Ballet Variations Sérieuses [Photo: Angela Sterling]
Jack Anderson described the plot of Variations Sérieuses:
"A Premier Danseur discovers a talented Young Girl rehearsing a new ballet. A haughty Ballerina fights with everyone: other dancers, the ballet master, the pianist, the conductor. Then, after some temper tantrums, she injures herself by accidentally plunging into the orchestra pit during a rehearsal. The Young Girl triumphantly replaces her."
PNB Principal Dancers Carla Körbes & Seth Orza in Christopher Wheeldon's Carousel (A Dance) [Photo: Angela Sterling]
Carousel (A Dance) draws on music from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Carousel employing the "composer's melodic and evocative 'Carousel Waltz' and 'If I Loved You' in a reverie that distills Carousel's carnival atmosphere as well as its theme of tragic romance. A large corps de ballet creates a stylized carousel on stage, their movements often separating the lovers."
"With a simple hint at the story, Wheeldon catches the sweep and emotion of the music and the poignant, doomed nature of the lead couple's relationship with a tender and romantic pas de deux."
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