What is it like to juggle obligations to two companies, especially such different ones as Pacific Northwest Ballet and Whim W’Him?
In the recent PNB Don Quixote, principal Lucien Postlewaite danced Basilio, the lead male role, in several performances. During his busiest days in January, when both PNB and Whim W’Him were rehearsing, Lucien says that at times other dancers, exhausted from working full time for just one company, would exclaim, “How do you do it?”
So how do you? I ask him.
“Well, sometimes in the middle of both, I think how is it possible to do it all? I tell myself you just have to get through it; and I remind my self to be smart about how I use my energy. The second part is the most important, otherwise, I can get easily overwhelmed.”
At such moments, Olivier Wevers (Whim W’Him artistic director/choreographer and married to Lucien) tells him, as he does all his dancers, “Just take it one step at a time.”
“One step at a time,” Lucien concludes, “is a good lesson for new roles at PNB, and I take it to lots of places in life.”
That’s the method