Pacific Northwest Ballet's 3 By Dove
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Spectrum Dance Theater breaks in the new minimalist performance space at the Tacoma Armory with Donald Byrd's modern masterwork Love. Set to Benjamin Britten's Cello Suites, the piece explores the emotional complexities of intimate relationships through the expressive lifts and leaps of contemporary dance. Spectrum's artistic director and choreographer Donald Byrd, a Tony nominee for The Color Purple, is a true legend of modern dance who's created more than 80 works, including pieces for such prestigious organizations as the Alvin Ailey Company and The Joffrey Ballet. CityArts Magazine raves about a prior performance of Love, "Every dancer in the company was spellbinding -- full of elegance and technique and deep emotional response." Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Vespers (Mikel Rouse/Ulysses Dove)
Red Angels (Richard Einhorn/Ulysses Dove)
Suspension of Disbelief (Mitchell Akiyama/Victor Quijada)
Serious Pleasures* (Robert Ruggieri/Ulysses Dove)—PNB Premiere
“I am interested in passion,” Dove said about his work. “In every embrace, every second of life [should be] lived so fully that there can be no regrets, no retreats, no looking back” (Connoisseur). The late Ulysses Dove (1947–1996) documented life in the language of dance and left a legacy that speaks with Teutonic energy, relentless drive, and open desire.
Performed to an electric-violin score, Red Angels’ four dancers confront the audience in a series of scorching solos and duets and then walk away into a fiery landscape, arms raised like wings. _Vespers_’ six women draw on Dove’s memories of his grandmother’s congregation, their strength in harmony, and their determined struggle to reach the light. In Serious Pleasures, a PNB premiere, Dove uses light to create doorways and pathways to the social turmoil of the 80’s, where human isolation, alienation, and intersection are portrayed with stunning clarity and signature athleticism.
Contemporary dance-fusion choreographer Victor Quijada credits Dove among those who have inspired his work. Quijada’s Suspension of Disbelief_, a 2006 World Premiere, also joins the program—“The energy was loose and twisty…a sped-up chain of unexpected movements, seemed impossibly fluid…The audience roared approval.” (_The Seattle Times). This program is suggested for mature audiences.