What's PNB's next step?
With the announcement last month that Kent Stowell and Francia Russell will leave Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2005 after 28 years as co-artistic directors, the company is facing twin challenges. How do you follow a class act like Stowell and Russell — and how do you surmount a $1.23 million accumulated deficit?
Russell and Stowell helped put Seattle on the cultural map by transforming a fledgling, struggling little company into a major regional troupe. They did it by acquiring a treasure trove of Balanchine ballets, presenting new choreography by Stowell and many others, staging big story ballets such as "Swan Lake" and creating a major ballet school.
Will PNB continue on its current course or look for a new, venturesome artistic direction?
I don't agree wiith the last sentence in the quote -- will PNB "look for a new,, venturesome artistic direction," which implies that Stowell and Russel's direction has been less than venturesome -- but I'm sure others will.
What do you think PNB watchers? (Not just of this point, but of the several issues raised in the article, and, what do you want to see happen at PNB? What do you think will happen?