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Principal dancer Lindsi Dec leaping into spring. Angela Sterling

Starting tonight, Pacific Northwest Ballet artistic director Peter Boal will give us what we've been waiting for all year: a compelling collection of contemporary ballets that push boundaries and make the form feel alive again.

For this year's iteration of Director's Choice, Boal is presenting world premieres from American choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams and Matthew Neenan, plus the PNB premiere of Justin Peck's In the Countenance of Kings.

Williams's piece uses music inspired by a sweet and funny book of mumblecore poetry from Heather Christle (published by Portland's Octopus Press) called The Trees, The Trees. Sufjan Stevens provides the swirling, sylvan score for Peck's number. Davis's dance is called Bacchus, and seeks to embody "the nature of the Roman god of wine, merriment, and abundance."

Based on those three details, the theme this year seems to be Stuff Rich Smith Really Liked In Grad School (And Still Likes Now, Despite the Fact that former Stranger Colleague Sean Nelson Accurately Referred to Sufjan's Music as "ASMR Indie Rock"). And also, of course, spring. See you there.