4 Seattle-Area Dance Performances Not to Miss

Select your personalized dance event from the options below

By Gavin Borchert

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January 23, 2019

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the February 2019 issue. Click here to subscribe.

For the traditionalist:
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty, boasting Tchaikovsky’s most luscious score and, in Aurora, one of ballet’s most dazzling female roles. 2/1–2/10. Times and prices vary. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St.; 206.441.2424; pnb.org

For the ethicist:
Transdisciplinary performer Nicola Gunn’s piece for person and ghetto blaster, which interrogates the moral dimensions of human behavior (including yours). 2/14–2/16. Times and prices vary. On the Boards, Capitol Hill, 100 W Roy St.; 206.217.9886

For the modernist: 
Chop Shop, the Eastside’s premier contemporary dance festival, offers a lavish buffet of eight companies from across the country, including the local Stone Dance Collective. 2/16–2/17. Times and prices vary. Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, 11100 NE Sixth St.; 425.637.1020

For the musician: 
The Mark Morris Dance Group, presenting the work of the Seattle-raised innovator whose synchronized symmetry is inspired by music’s mood and its structure. 2/21–2/23. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Meany Center, University of Washington, 4140 George Washington Lane NE; 206.543.4880

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