The Weekly Herald
Eight shipping containers delivered the period-designed costumes, wigs, props and towering sets from Amsterdam to Seattle via the Panama Canal. The idea was to stage the modern look that Alexei Ratmansky had created to show off his choreography for The Dutch National Ballet’s “Don Quixote.” The fortune PNB must have spent was worth every penny. Sunny Spain vibrates clear, warm, festive colors like you can’t believe.
That probably wouldn't be the best use of your time, however, since the principal dancers are tearing up the stage. And filling every inch of it, since PNB is using every dancer in the company for this production. Four couples play the principal roles, and last weekend I saw three of them: Carla Körbes (freshly dyed brunette) with Karel Cruz; Kaori Nakamura with Lucien Postlewaite; and Carrie Imler with Batkhurel Bold. Although each pairing reveled in the Spanish-inflected choreography, Imler probably gave the snappiest performance, flashing through brilliant pointe work and powerhouse jumps, showing speed and elevation as the sassy Kitri.