Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Pacific Northwest Ballet's opening night of their most recent repertoire Love & Ballet. With four uniquely different pieces, PNB brings you on a journey throughout the evening that will have you swooning and bawling, thinking of that special someone. There is no doubt about the strength of the company dancers, and Pacific Northwest Ballet truly showcases that in this rep. With world class dancing, simple set and costume design, incredible choreography, and a full orchestra, the evening is set up to be a magical night to remember!
For those that don't know, I am a professional dancer, and have been dancing ballet and contemporary since I was 5 years old. Alongside my dance classes, my mom and I have had season tickets to Pacific Northwest Ballet for 15+ years now, so I have had the incredible blessing of attending nearly every show I was in grade school. I know what you're thinking, "that's a LOT of ballet", and it is!! I love it though, and have had so many incredible memories of evenings spent at the ballet - as a young child looking up to my favorite ballerinas, as a teenager starting pointé and finally feeling like an experienced dancer, and now as an adult dancing professionally and knowing what it takes to put in the time, dedication, blood, sweat, and tears to put on a full-length show. Even though I am a regular ballet-goer, there has always been something so special about attending, and with a rep like this there were no exceptions.
Pacific Northwest Ballet's Love & Ballet takes you on a journey with four Acts - Christopher Wheeldon's Tide Harmonic and After the Rain pas de deux, Benjamin Millepied's Appassionata, and Justin Peck's Year of the Rabbit. Combining 3 of this generation's most sought after contemporary ballet choreographers is a treat in itself, but throw in a solo piano Beethoven sonata, and PNB has truly outdone themselves.
If you are interested in attending Pacific Northwest Ballet's Love & Ballet, playing now through June 10, 2018 at McCaw Hall, you can use my coupon code COLLEEN40 for 40% off your ticket price! I recommend heading downtown a little early and having dinner and drinks ahead of time, and to easily find parking. Some of my favorite places are Savor... located in McCaw Hall (make reservations though because this place books up fast on ballet nights), McMenamins Queen Anne one block north of McCaw Hall, Ratcha Noodles & Thai Cuisine and Obasan Sushi both located just 3 blocks west on Mercer and within a short walking distance of the ballet. I hope you enjoy the ballet, and let me know if you end up going!! You can find me on Instagram at @itscolleenk.