Beyond obvious hints in the title, Mating Theory concerns the melding of ideas, disciplines and genres – the combining of collaborative visions – and the result of those pairings. Victor Quijada shares his RUBBERBAND movement method and signature vocabulary with the dancers of Pacific Northwest Ballet, and through improvisational tasks, searches to find the creative union between the choreographer and the interpreter.
Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972. In July 2005, Peter Boal became artistic director, succeeding Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, artistic directors since 1977. The Company of nearly fifty dancers presents more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle and on tour. The Company has toured to Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, and throughout the United States, with celebrated appearances at Jacob’s Pillow and in New York City and Washington DC. Enriching lives in the Pacific Northwest, considered a national treasure and acclaimed worldwide, PNB epitomizes excellence in the performing arts.
Mating Theory was presented for the first time with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle (US) in March 2012.
Choreography: Victor Quijada
Staging: Anne Plamondon
Music: Jasper Gahunia
Costume design: Mark Zappone
Lighting design: Yan Lee Chan
© Photo by Angela Sterling