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PNB World Premiere

I am thrilled to be premiering a new work this fall for the Pacific Northwest Ballet titled Signature.  Throughout this process I have been asked many times to explain the motivation behind this work.  To answer this I have put together some brief program notes for the premiere and wanted to share them with you here.

A question all of us have asked ourselves at one time or another:  as a dancer, what makes my performance worth watching; as a musician, what makes my melody worth hearing; as a writer, what makes my script worth reading; as a choreographer, what makes my movement worth repeating?  When Peter approached me with the unparalleled opportunity to create something on an extraordinary company of remarkable individuals (that is, once the excitement wore off), I felt it my responsibility to identify what attribute or skill I might offer that could set my work apart.  The inner dialogue of the “why me?” arose.

My ultimate discovery?  Nothing.  No thing sets me apart.  It’s not about what we can do or what we possess—that possible “it” factor; there will always be someone else out there who is stronger, faster, better.  Instead, the most beautiful thing about each individual is just that—we are individual.  The most beautiful thing we each have to offer is that we are 100% irreplaceable, distinctively singular, and utterly unmatched.  Signature celebrates this notion—the idea of the nothing that is inimitable, the nothing that makes each individual matchless.

PNB's Next Step (June 12, 2015)

I have just recently begun working on a new piece to premiere this coming June for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's NEXT STEP program.  Set to Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3, this year's work promises to differ greatly from previous ones.  Being that it is my 10th creation, I wanted to try something entirely different from my normal approach.  I am creating a dance for one man... and a tennis ball.  The piece begins with the young man, dancing as if not a soul is watching (like many of us have done at one time or another).  After a while he discovers a new, and seemingly interesting toy.  Not quite sure what to make of it, he hesitantly explores everything that a tennis ball has to offer; quickly his curiosity morphs the situation into a wonderful game.  However, when the game has finished, and he is prepared to move on, he realizes that his new toy may not yet be finished with him.  By the end the young man is completely paranoid-- is his play-thing chasing him down?   Can he get away from it?  Does he make a clean break?........we shall see.  I am so excited for this work!  It should be a truly FUN experience for the dancer, the audience, and hopefully bring out a few smiles.