Pacific Northwest Ballet Partners with Pixvana to Create Short Film

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Pacific Northwest Ballet

Possessing nearly two decades of experience as a business owner, Afshan Lakha serves as a partner and co-owner of Lakha Investment Company, LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm in Bellevue, Washington. Beyond her work with the business, Afshan Lakha supports various charities and organizations in her area, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB).

One of the largest ballet companies in the United States, the PNB recently partnered with Pixvana to create a three-minute virtual reality (VR) film called Silent Resonance, directed by Scott Squires, the creative director and CTO of Pixvana, and choreographed by Price Suddarth, a PNB company dancer. Miles Pertl and Emma Love Suddarth, dancers from the PNB, are featured in the film.

After debuting at Point to the Stars, a PNB fundraising event, Silent Resonance is now available on Facebook 360 and YouTube 360. The film is the ballet company’s first VR experience and was designed to help new audiences explore the movement of dance.


How to Stop When Kayaking

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An accounting and investment professional with more than 30 years of experience, Afshan Lakha is a co-owner of Lakha Investment Company LLC, which was founded in 1996. In her leisure time, Afshan Lakha enjoys kayaking.

Stopping in a kayak can be tricky. To stop, you need to reverse the forward stroke. Safety is paramount, so follow these steps to safely stop in a kayak.

1. Check behind you to make sure nothing is obstructing the path your paddle will take when you make the backward stroke.

2. Maintain a tight grip on the paddle as you face resistance when pushing against the current. Insert the back side of the paddle into the water at a high angle. The closer you can get to a 90-degree angle, the better.

3. Rotate your body so you are pointing toward the paddle, and use the additional leverage to push the paddle forward against the current in the direction of the bow.

4. Pull the paddle back, stopping when you get to your hip. Keep the paddle in this position until you stop. Don’t pull the paddle back farther, because this will cause you to turn.

The Seattle Art Museum Presents Yayoi Kusama – Infinity MirrorsThe Seattle Art Museum Presents Yayoi Kusama – Infinity Mirrors

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Yayoi Kusama

Afshan Lakha is a co-founder and principal of Bellevue, Washington-based Lakha Investments Company. Outside of her business endeavors, Afshan Lakha is a patron of the arts and supporter of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM).

The Pacific Northwest’s leading center for visual arts, SAM has displayed world-class art from both local and international artists since 1933. In 1994, SAM added the Seattle Asian Art Museum, followed by the Olympic Sculpture Park in 2005. It continues to feature rotating and permanent exhibitions in Downtown Seattle.

One upcoming exhibition will feature Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors, a look at five decades of her use of fully-mirrored rooms in art. Her first mirror room, which will be prominently featured, uses multiple mirrors and piles of painted tubers to create a seemingly endless realm of polka dots. Her more recent work relies more on light, darkness, and sculptural elements, using hanging lights and mirrors to put viewers in a surreal and seemingly endless space.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will run from June 30 through September 10, 2017.