Ballet is the Hottest Ticket at Bumbershoot Fest ’07

For the second year in a row, the longest lines that formed at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Art and Music Festival were for performances of the Pacific Northwest Ballet(PNB). Bumbershoot is a brash, eclectic affair–a smorgasbord of what’s edgy and extreme in art, dance, music, poetry and performace art. Of PNB Bumbershoot performances, Seattle Times reviewer Patrick MacDonald noted, “The wait to get into Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performance at Bagley Wright was reminiscent of those never-ending E-ticket lines at Disneyland. Almost 900 people made it inside, but nearly 300 more were turned away.” This excitement for dance has much to do with the visionary Peter Boales, who is the company’s artistic director. PNB is a client of ours, and people like Peter are what we love best about our business. Brilliant and dedicated, Peter is canny about which risks to take. He pushes the edges with impeccable timing. His administrative team is as talented as his dancers. It’s no surprise to me that they keep breaking records and growing appetites in the tech town of Seattle for ballet. A very RenGen fusion of opposites.