PNB Principal Dancer Kaori Nakamura to Retire this Year

One of PNB’s finest leaves the flock
Brangien Davis  |   June 2014   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
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PNB principal dancer Kaori Nakamura (here, in Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels) retires this year

She’s channeled a sleepy princess, a star-crossed lover and a human cursed to live as a swan—all while strapped into toe shoes. And now Kaori Nakamura is taking on an entirely new role. After 17 years with Pacific Northwest Ballet (16 as a principal dancer), she’s retiring from the stage at the end of this season, but will stay on with PNB as a faculty member at the ballet school. Dance fans will miss the precise, weightless grace she radiated on stage, playing pivotal characters in Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Merry Widow, Coppélia and other ballets. This month she takes the lead in Giselle (running through June 8) and she’ll be a featured performer on PNB’s one-night-only Season Encore bill, which will showcase some of her finest work, including the balcony pas de deux from Roméo et Juliette and the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty. Unless you’re planning to sign up for ballet school, this is your last chance to witness the work of one of Seattle’s most talented shape-shifters. 6/8. 6:30 p.m. Prices vary. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.441.2424; pnb.org 

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