PNB On An Upward Draft

Peter Boal has brought new excitement to Pacific Northwest Ballet in his first season. “What changed? Because something has, markedly. One feels it entering McCaw Hall for a program, feels it waiting in line for tickets, feels it in oneself: a feeling of anticipation, even excitement, about what one’s about to see. There have long been fine dancers, good dances, and satisfying programs at PNB. Maybe the best way to sum up the difference this year is that the steak, always wholesome and well prepared, regained its sizzle. And from the first bite, one realized that wasn’t all. The steak was juicy, strong flavored, and almost daringly rare.”