Last week Grand Rapids Ballet—whose artistic director is former Pacific Northwest Ballet star ballerina Patricia Barker—had its début in Seattle with a double bill.
After dancing the Seattle premiere of Whim W’Him artistic director/choreographer Olivier Wevers‘s witty evening-long Midsummer Night’s Dream for 3 nights, GRB switched gears on the weekend to MOVEMEDIA, a lively mixed repertory program of contemporary pieces by 4 choreographers: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, a favorite with Whim W’Him audiences, for whom she has made several pieces and will create a new one in the 2015-16 season; Penny Saunders, whose exploration for Whim W’Him of the works of American painter Edward Hopper garnered much praise; Mário Radačovský, with whose National Theatre Brno (Národní divadlo Brno) Olivier is now working in the Czech Republic; and David Parsons.