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Saturday, May 5, 2018

pacific northwest ballet :: emergence

two weeks ago, my boyfriend greg and i had the
pleasure of attending pacific northwest ballet's
performance, emergence! i haven't been to the ballet in several
years, and it was an incredible experience--from the beautiful
sets, live orchestra, and awe-inspiring dancing, it
was a performance i will never forget. 
disclosure: a special thank you to karya schanilec and
pacific northwest ballet (pnb) for providing greg and i complimentary
tickets to this performance. we had a wonderful time! 
as per usual, all opinions are my own.

although i grew up dancing ballet, as an adult, 
i have come to appreciate the immense talent required to put 
on a performance like emergence. the talent possessed by 
those dancers? oh my!

emergence is broken up into three performances: 
alejandro cerrudo's little mortal jump, yuri possokhav's
raku, and crystal pite's emergence. the trio is equally
amazing, but my favorite was yuri passokhav's raku!
based on true events, the story is contemporary 
and passionate, yet violent. to see this story choreographed
in a ballet was inspirational (and somewhat
indescribable). 

'the central theme of his score [...] is burning.
the burning of desire, of passion, of loyalty; the burn
of suffering, of jealousy; finally the burning of death--
emotions that are so strong that they overcome the
discipline of a zen monk and overcome the loyalties 
of a samurai.'
--cheryl a. ossola
i think greg was unsure of what to expect
when i mentioned attending the ballet, but he greatly 
enjoyed the performance (his favorite was also raku)!

greg and i went to dinner in seattle before heading
to mccaw hall. once there, we ordered drinks and found
our seats; we were fortunate to sit close to the stage
and popped by to see the orchestra during intermission.
 as an aspiring fashionista, what to wear
to the ballet was an important part of the night :)
i opted for a spring dress, patent boots, and a blush pink
crossbody bag. i love any excuse to dress up and the
ballet was no exception!

dress: parker (thrifted via seattle goodwill),
boots: zara, purse: nine west, rings: forever 21

thank you again, karya, for providing us tickets
to the ballet. we had a wonderful time, and i look forward
to attending future pacific northwest ballet (pnb) 
performances! 

you can watch the trailer for emergence here 
and see upcoming performances for the 2017-2018 
season by pnb here.
xoxo.