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Take five with Paul Gibson

Paul Gibson will top twenty years with Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2014. While most people who recognize him on the street remember his dancing from 1994 to 2004, Gibson has enjoyed the last ten years as a ballet master for the company just as much.
“These days, I’m more into watching back stage or going out to the front of the house when it’s something that I’ve staged,” he said.
For the current program, Director’s Choice, Gibson coached the cast on the revival of “Take Five…More or Less” created by Susan Stroman for PNB in 2008.

“We have three casts for this 13-minute piece,” he said, “and the majority of them are dancing it for the first time.”

The work, set to the jazzy motifs of Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, follow six women and five men through a whirlwind performance, full of big moments and impatient toe-tapping interludes. It’s fast, funny, and reflects Stroman’s award-winning choreography for such shows as Contact or The Producers, said Gibson. “There’s a musical…