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Pacific Northwest Ballet - more dancers leaving


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#16 Dale

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 08:19 AM

From "Director's Notebook" (p.3) in the Director's Choice issue of "Encore":

"At the end of every season we must bid farewell to a few dancers. We applaud them for so many treasured performances and wish them well on the next chapter in their lives. I spent more years proudly sharing the stage with Miranda Weese than watching her on ours. She is one of the most musical dancers I have ever seen, with an innate sense of what each note requires. She has given spectacular performances on both coasts and we wish her only the best for the future.


Had Miranda Weese's departure been reported before? Is she going to dance somewhere else or is she retiring?

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 08:36 AM

Had Miranda Weese's departure been reported before? Is she going to dance somewhere else or is she retiring?

Although I'm not surprised -- performances by Weese have been relatively scarce this year -- this was the first I'd seen it reported, and no one asked at last night's Q&A.

Weese is scheduled tonight for Girl in Green and First Movement of "Symphony in C", for Girl in Pink for this Saturday matinee, next Thursday and Friday, and again next Saturday night in "Symphony in C" and Sunday matinee as Girl in Green. Perhaps she'll be a guest at an upcoming Q&A and will answer for herself.

No casting is up yet for the Louise Nadeau tribute a week from Sunday night, except where Nadeau will dance. I'm guessing "Rubies" for Jodie Thomas, and either the Sleepwalker Pas de Deux from "La Sonnambula" or "A Midsummer Night's Dream", which is not listed on the website but is printed on the back of the cast insert, for Weese, the latter if it's the Act II Pas de Deux, although that could be Nadeau as well. (The cast list didn't highlight where Nadeau would dance.)

#18 Dale

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 08:44 AM

Enjoy Weese in Symphony in C. She was always wonderful in the first movement. She was the dancer I always wanted to see in that, but she eventually moved on (leaving it to Somogyi, Ringer and Stafford) as she took on new roles.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 08:50 AM

The "bon voyage" insert in last night's program (which was quite sweet) also listed Anton Pankevitch as leaving the company, but no information on what he might be doing next. He's moved around a great deal, considering that he's only been professional for about 10 years), and I'm not sure why.

#20 Helene

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:23 AM

Was there a separate insert that was skipped in my program? (I'll have to track one down tonight.)

I'll miss Pankevitch. He's given a number of fine performances over the years he's been with the Company. I hope he gets wonderful opportunities in whatever he does next.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 10:48 AM

There was a separate insert, glossy paper and full color, but not a complete half-sheet. The front is a lovely statement from Russell and Stowell about Jodie T, the reverse has both Weese and Pankevitch on it, with a NYT quote for Weese and some general remarks on Pankevitch.

#22 Helene

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 10:59 AM

According to the announcement on the PNB Facebook page, "Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Kari Brunson Announces Departure to Pursue Restaurant Career."

This is the announcement:


Seattle, WA
– In an emotional announcement to the Company, corps de ballet member Kari Brunson announced yesterday that after nine years of dancing, she will be leaving Pacific Northwest Ballet, effective immediately, to pursue a career in the food industry. Brunson, who for two years has been documenting her experiences as a self-taught cook – and food photographer – in her food blog Anticiplate, will be apprenticing in the kitchens of renowned Seattle chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell.

During the PNB dancers’ recent summer break, Brunson interned at Stowell’s newest restaurant, Anchovies & Olives, and documented the experience in a second blog, Summer Spoon. That experience led Stowell to offer her the chance of-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice at his restaurants. "I never thought I would find anything in my life that would satisfy my soul like ballet,” said Brunson in her announcement. “Yet, after working in the Anchovies & Olives kitchen over the summer, I realized that I had found a new love. The same parts of me are fulfilled: the preparation before the ‘show,’ the ‘performance,’ and most importantly, the spontaneous creativity. I know I have a massive amount of hard work ahead of me to start a new profession, and I am excited for this challenge."

Ethan Stowell was named one of the “Best New Chefs” of 2008 by Food & Wine magazine; however, he made his debut on the Seattle food scene a few years earlier, with his first restaurant Union (“Best New American Restaurants,” Travel + Leisure, December 2004). His second venture, Tavolàta, was chosen as one of the top ten “Hottest New Restaurants” by Bon Appétit (June 2007) and he has most recently opened in quick succession the popular and acclaimed How to Cook a Wolf and Anchovies & Olives. Mr. Stowell is the son of PNB Founding Artistic Directors Kent Stowell and Francia Russell.

Kari Brunson is from Salem, Virginia. She trained at Southwest Virginia Ballet, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2002 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2003. At PNB she has originated leading roles in Kiyon Gaines’ M-Pulse and Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE … More or Less. She has also danced leading roles in George Balanchine's Emeralds, Rubies, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; Ulysses Dove's Vespers; William Forsythe's One Flat Thing, reproduced; Susan Marshall's Kiss; Jerome Robbins' The Concert and Fancy Free; Kent Stowell's Nutcracker (Peacock); and Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs. Featured roles have included George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and La Valse; Todd Bolender's Souvenirs; Trisha Brown's Spanish Dance; William Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated; Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow and The Sleeping Beauty; and Kent Stowell's Swan Lake.

“I have known Kari Brunson since she was a slightly awkward, sweet student of mine at the School of American Ballet in New York,” said PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal. “Arriving at PNB, I found something very compelling about Kari on stage. I took a chance on her with Susan Marshall's Kiss that I have never regretted. Her stage presence exuded rare confidence, making her a favorite with audiences. She became a first-rate dancer on all fronts, one that we will most definitely miss. We wish her all the best in the world of culinary arts and know that we will keep her as a dear friend of PNB.”


http://www.pnb.org/Press/Releases/

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:14 AM

For those of us who have followed Kari's food blogs, it is clear the passion Kari has for high quality, artistically presented cuisine made with only the freshest of ingredients. She has been working at Ethan Stowell's newest restaurant "Anchovies & Olives" this summer and loved it. We're going to miss her direct and sometimes sexy dance, but her blogs make it very clear that she will now be in another field she loves.

Take a look at the photos (which she takes herself) of some of the dishes she creates here: http://www.anticiplate.com

I have little doubt we in Seattle will someday take out of town guests to Kari Brunson's own restaurant. Maybe she will call it something like Pirouette or some other ballet based name, and we can all eat there and say "Who could forget Kari in Take Five."

#24 Helene

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:16 AM

Or in "Kiss" or as the American dowager tourist in "The Merry Widow"?

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:22 AM

Or in "Kiss"

Indeed!

Hmmmmm...Kiss another possibility for a restaurant name :speechless-smiley-003:.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:23 AM

Is Ethan Stowell related to the Stowells who formerly ran PNB?

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:26 AM

Yes, Ethan is one of their sons (the other, Christopher, is the Artist Director of the Oregon Ballet Theater). Kent and Francia Stowell are, of course, now retired.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:48 AM

(There's a third son, too.)

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 11:30 AM

Is the third son's name Woltan? ( :) inside joke)

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 12:24 PM

When doing a search to find out the name of Russell and Stowell's third son, which I couldn't find, I did find an announcement from Dance Magazine that their 1996 award was given to Russell and Stowell, Savion Glover, and Peter Boal, who was then dancing with NYCB

http://www.thefreeli...d...-a018144310

and a 2008 interview that Seattle Post-Intelligencer food writer Rebekah Denn did with Kari Brunson

http://blog.seattlep....asp?source=rss


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