Fearless in Seattle | Dance Magazine
At one moment in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, in an act of supreme trust, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Carla Körbes flings herself backwards into the arms of Romeo. This is a turning point in the ballet—and crystallizes Körbes’ interpretation of Juliet as jubilant and transcendent. Gone was any shadow of her previous back injury, which had delayed her debut as Juliet for 18 months. What emerged was a sensuous dancer with exceptional line and an expressive upper body. Composed and fearless, Körbes breathed life into Maillot’s vocabulary of adolescent love. Such performances have lifted her into the top tier of principals at PNB.