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Pacific Northwest Ballet's Director's Choice is Top Notch

Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes and corps de ballet dancer Joshua Grant in the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic.  The newest ballet by Mr. Wheeldon is presented by PNB as part of DIRECTOR’S CHOICE, May 31 – June 9, 2013. Photo © Angela Sterling.

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Casting a luscious cherry on top of the company's impressive 40th anniversary season, is Pacific Northwest Ballet's Director's Choice - a triple bill highlighting a gorgeous World Premiere and classic favorites.

The evening opened with George Balanchine's Agon - a fun, jazzy piece filled with glorious shapes, "legs for miles" and sassy brilliance. Joshua Grant and Ezra Thomson were particular standouts in this piece, each having grown by leaps and bounds this season as captivating, soulful artists. (I'm personally looking forward to seeing more from them next season!)

The second piece, Christopher Wheeldon's world premiere, Tide Harmonic was every bit as awesome as one would expect - perhaps even more so! Here Wheeldon's brilliance creates a watery world of tantalizing delights; from sultry deep sea blue costumes to soothing aquatic lighting (hat tip to Randall Chiarelli), to an all-out gorgeous pas de deux featuring Carla Korbes and Joshua Grant. Quite honestly, it was here that the full scope of this gentleman's artistic development was brought to the forefront. In fact, he reminded me just a bit of (dare I say...?) Olivier Wevers. Time will tell what becomes of this unique partnership, but for now all I can say is, "Bravo!"

The evening came to a close under the brilliant glow of Balanchine's 'Diamonds'.  This elegant piece features a shimmering chandelier, glittery tutus and jeweled tiaras - the kind of sweeping backdrop every little girl (and girl at heart!) pictures on her wedding day. Diamonds showcases the very best PNB has to offer, with its sweeping movements, delicious partnering and "Viva Imperial Russia!" opulence.

As this banner 40th season comes to a close, it's clear that Pacific Northwest Ballet is just getting started.

Director's Choice runs through June 9th. For tickets, please visit PNB.org.

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