Pacific Northwest Ballet: New Works

Dance audiences are like vampires—they demand fresh blood. New works are an exception to the repertory rule in classical music, but they're a regular occurrence in the dance world. Pacific Northwest Ballet director Peter Boal is adding to the company collection with this year's New Works program, featuring choreography that extends ballet past its classical roots into a trio of contemporary directions. Hip-hop artist Victor Quijada returns to PNB with Mating Theory, a new hybrid work incorporating capoeria, yoga and martial arts. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa will expand her recent work Cylindrical Shadows, originally made for Olivier Wevers' Whim W'Him company, which reflects her foundations in European contemporary dance. Lastly, British-trained David Dawson finds a glorious exuberance in that English technical specificity with A Million Kisses to My Skin, a work he intends to evoke "complete bliss." SANDRA KURTZ [See Sandra's review.]

Fri., March 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 17, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., March 22, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 24, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 2012

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