Reviews of Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Modern Masterpieces" program. (Thanks to sandik
for the links!)
The Seattle Times
Local choreographer/PNB ballet master Paul Gibson’s “Mozart Dances” made its world premiere on this program, and the programming didn’t do his ballet any favors; what still-emerging choreographer would want to be compared to Balanchine, Dove and Tharp? “Mozart Dances,” Gibson’s fifth work for PNB, is a pleasant, agreeable diversion, costumed prettily and danced with flair (the long-limbed duo of Lindsi Dec and Karel Cruz stood out), but it’s more a thoughtful exercise than a work of art. It’s a piece that dances on the front porch of creativity, you might say; not quite yet entering the upper room where the other works from this magical evening resided.
But the evening, taken as a whole, served a bigger purpose for PNB, and for its audiences. When Peter Boal arrived in Seattle to take over artistic leadership of the company, he said he wanted to build on what Founding Artistic Directors Kent Stowell and Francia Russell had created. While PNB presented dances by many choreographers, the company’s repertoire was focused on the work of Stowell, and of George Balanchine. Specifically Boal wanted Northwest audiences to gain familiarity with other choreographers: Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Ulysses Dove, to name just three....
Footwork comes to the fore in Mozart Pieces by Paul Gibson, set to excerpts from Mozart symphonies and minuets; it’s a world premiere, which makes it modern, if a bit early to be deemed a masterpiece, but it’s a constantly diverting piece, with seven roles for men of the nine total....