In Vienna

The most renowned ballerina yet to come out of Pacific Northwest BalletPatricia Barker recently commissioned Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers’s The Sofa for Grand Rapids Ballet Company. It will receive its first Seattle performances in January 2013.Now in her third season as artistic director of GRBC, Patricia Barker has made some major transitions during the past half-decade. In June of 2007, she retired as a dancer, having received numberless accolades over 20+ years for her strength, fluid grace, purity of line and “fierce perfectionism.”