As far as fall goes, I can’t wait for the opening of Pacific NW Ballet’s new season, with a world premiere from American legend (and the first PNB Artist in Residence) Twyla Tharp (to music by Alan Toussaint, who will be playing it live opening weekend), followed in November by the work of two HUGE names in dance - Jiri Kilian and Crystal Pite. I’ve fallen in love with contemporary choreography, and never cease to be amazed by the power, strength, beauty and versatility of PNB dancers.
Balagan Theatre brings all the action of Les Miserables into an intimate space, drawing the audience in close for an intense experience with that musical.
Opening the UW World Dance Series, AXIS Dance company brings together dancers with and without physical disabilities – it’s sure to sell out, but if you can stand in line for possible seats, DO IT!!
I’m also excited about Cornish Opera Theatre’s production of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme , which I always thought was simply a play – but was actually a brand new (c. 1660s) art form created by Moliere in collaboration with Jean Baptiste Lully: “comedy ballet”, combining music, song, drama, and dance. Stephen Stubbs (Pacific MusicWorks) conducts, Anna Mansbridge (Seattle Early Dance) choreographs.