Q&A with Soloist Miles Pertl

What are you most looking forward to for the 50th Anniversary Season?

I am most looking forward to being a part of all the new creations that are coming this season. What a great way to honor the legacy of 50 years of creating art for our northwest audience.

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What is one role that holds special significance for you?

The role Friar Laurence in Romeo et Juliet is a role that I have cherished exploring. It is a character that demands a full emotional buy-in on top of the ballet technique.

How has your approach to the career changed over time?

My approach to performance has evolved over the thirteen years of dancing professionally. I started out with a focus on the basics: clean lines, high jumps with soft landings, and attentive partnering. With time (and an older body), I’ve been slowly transitioning to dance focused on sensations: the float of a turn, the slice of an arm, or the sinking of a hip. I love exploring sensations to charge the dynamic of any step.

What are your favorite Seattle haunts?

I love spending my free time at local art shows and spring events.  I grew up watching the Mariners during the late ’90s and early 2000s. There is still no replacement for the feeling I get when I walk into the stadium and see all that green grass set to the excited rumble of the audience.

Photos by Angela Sterling & Lindsay Thomas