Category: Pacific Northwest

The Evolution of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Swan Lake

The Evolution of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Swan Lake

Swan Lake is almost the definition of “canon” for classical ballet. What could be more rigid and tradition-bound than the most famous ballet? It turns out, a lot of things can. Swan Lake has changed a lot from its premiere in 1877, and even today, every performance is a little different. Since it’s also performed…

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Pacific Bonsai Museum

Pacific Bonsai Museum

Tucked in behind an office park in Federal Way, the Pacific Bonsai Museum is a treasure trove of carefully maintained bonsai in a series of outdoor rooms with pale walls and raked gravel floors. Their hours are limited and the location is unlikely, but it’s a beautiful space that inspires even active little kids to…

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An Arts Snob Attends Disney On Ice

An Arts Snob Attends Disney On Ice

When a middle-aged white man complained on Twitter with a picture of one of my favorite graphic novels captioned “Can you believe they expect us to buy this stuff?” a woman replied, “It’s not for you.” So before I review the Disney on Ice “Follow Your Heart” show I need to disclose that Disney-themed ice…

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Doe Babies Forever

Doe Babies Forever

October is a favorite month, filled with birthdays, anniversaries, and that bestest of holidays, Halloween. But in a few more weeks, the winter gloom will start to sink in, the holidays will start to feel like pressure, and I’ll start thinking about early bird tickets to summer festivals. I’ve taken my kids to lots of…

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50 Years of Jewels

50 Years of Jewels

Milestone birthdays inspire reflection. Especially when the milestone in question is 50 years, and Jewels are being reflected. This year, Jewels, the collection of three gemstone-themed ballets by George Balanchine, turns 50. I’ve been watching Pacific Northwest Ballet for nearly half that time – I fell in love with ballet at PNB’s Nutcracker in 1993.

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