PNB's "Director's Choice" a sight for the senses
Maggie Larrick, Queen Anne & Magnolia News
March 17th, 2014
Stravinsky’s primordial “Rite of Spring” powers Molissa Fenley’s “State of Darkness,” a solo piece that puts the dancer through some brutal paces for more than 30 nonstop minutes. As Jonathan Porretta repeated Fenley’s movement sequence over and over again on opening night, the original sacrifice of a young woman in Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” transforms into solitary ritual and the boundaries of our ability to endure.
First performed at Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2007, “State of Darkness” is a tour-de-force for either a male or female dancer. Boal was one of the first to dance this piece, and Porretta justifiably received the only full standing ovation of the evening. The audience was riveted as Porretta alternated between shuddering under the weight of impending sacrifice and hurling himself against that devastating future.