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Monday, June 4, 2018

pacific northwest ballet :: love & ballet

 happy monday, everyone!
i hope you had a great weekend. i spent
most of mine wrapping up final edits for my practicum
 project, catching up on sleep, and
babysitting my favorite munchkins. the highlight,
however, was attending the pacific
northwest ballet's contemporary performance, 
love & ballet (showing june 1-10, 2018 at mccaw hall).
^^^ photo c/o gaelle marcel ^^^ 
 
this season, i also attended emergence (performed
by pacific northwest ballet--and blogged here).
prior to these shows, i had not been to the 
ballet in years! as a blogger and social media influencer, 
i have a great appreciation for the arts. unfortunately,
i don't often have time to visit museums and attend
shows, but hope to make this more
of a priority--i always have a wonderful time! 

love & ballet is comprised of four
contemporary pieces:
 tide harmonic and after the rain pas de deux
by christopher wheeldon;
appassionata by benjamin millepied;
year of the rabbit by justin peck.
disclosure: a special thank you to karya schanilec and pacific northwest ballet (pnb)
for providing me complimentary tickets to this performance. i had a wonderful
time! as per usual, all opinions are my own.

the underlying theme of love & ballet is love (of course),
but love is diverse--it is depicted differently in each
of the pieces. passion, however, is prominent 
throughout, and what is love if not passionate?
 
  while each of the pieces were remarkable, my
favorite was after the rain pas de deux. the talent
these dancers possess is indescribable; two dancers are
on stage for the duration of the piece, and costumes and music 
(simply a piano and violin duet) are minimalist.
your focus is entirely on their movements!

"the ballerina is dressed in pink and her partner is bare-
chested. in a series of unfolding partnering movements, 
the dancers explore the shifting emotions of their relationship."
^^^ photo c/o suhyeon choi ^^^

if you're local to seattle and would like to attend
love & ballet, you can receive 40% off your ticket
price with code MEGAN40 here. i highly recommend
attending this performance! 

and of course, you can make a night of it--dinner in 
seattle, drinks (and dessert) at the ballet, and of 
course, a beautiful show. my boyfriend greg joined me,
and after a long week, we were eager to grab a bite to eat,
find our seats, and relax! instead of fighting restaurant
crowds, we enjoyed salad, sandwiches, and a monster chocolate
chip cookie from metropolitan market (conveniently 
located a few blocks from mccaw hall).

have you attended any performances put on
by pacific northwest ballet this season?
if so, which was your favorite?
xoxo.