Pacific Northwest Ballet continues its student matinee program Eyes on Dance with a special one-hour performance of Roméo et Juliette set for February 8 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, Seattle.
Public school teachers preK-12 are invited to sign up their students for this opportunity to experience live professional dancing, beautiful costumes, and spectacular sets. The February 8 performance will run from 11:30am to 12:30pm and costs $8, or $4 for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch.
A minimum group size of 15 students is required. To reserve tickets, contact Megan Weigley at 206.441.2413 or email@example.com. Other upcoming special student matinees include Hansel & Gretel on March 22 at 10:30am, and select performances of The Nutcracker.
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Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet, an in-depth look at Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet that reveals the work behind the art, is now available in paperback.Stephen Manes, a prize-winning author but an outsider in the dance world, spent a year in rehearsals, classes, meetings, auditions, and performances, to write this panoramic exploration of the realm he dubbed the “Land of Ballet.”
Manes co-wrote the bestselling biography Gates: How Microsoft’s Mogul Reinvented an Industry—and Made Himself the Richest Man in America; has written long-running columns on personal technology for The New York Times, Forbes, PC World, PC Magazine, and many other publications; and is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults.
Where Snowflakes Dance takes readers backstage for a wide-ranging view of the ballet world from the wildly diverse perspectives of dancers, choreographers, stagers, teachers, conductors, musicians, rehearsal pianists, lighting directors, costumers, stage managers, scenic artists, marketers, fund-raisers, students, and even pointe shoe fitters—often in their own candid words.
For more information or to purchase, visit http://wheresnowflakesdanceandswear.com/.
The Pacific Northwest Ballet is going out-of-this-world for CELEBRATE SEATTLE, a multi-media extravaganza featuring appearances by real-life and cinematic astronauts, plus a rare onstage performance by the PNB Orchestra, September 16 at 6pm at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle Center.
Music selections from sci-fi favorites and celestially-themed classics will be accompanied by video projections, PNB dancers, and special guests. Scheduled to appear are NASA astronauts William Anders and Cady Coleman, and Curiosity Mars rover flight director Bobak Ferdowsi (aka “Mohawk Guy”). Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, will be introduced by June Lockhart, Mrs. Robinson of Lost in Space.
PNB Orchestra will present sections of the Back to the Future film score, Holst’s “Saturn” and “Jupiter” from The Planets, Dvorak’s “Song to the Moon,” plus selections from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Dance performances include the Apollo pas de deux and Circus Polka (starring artistic director Peter Boal as Ringmaster).
CELEBRATE SEATTLE salutes NASA’s race to space and pays a double-anniversary tribute to the Seattle World’s Fair (50th) and PNB (40th). The performance will be followed by an on-stage discussion, “From Hollywood to Mars: a look at how 1960’s science fiction invented the future of space exploration.”
Tickets start at $25 and may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street, or online at www.pnb.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Cinderella returns to McCaw Hall for eight performances this September, launching the company’s 40th Anniversary Season.
The ballet will be performed in honor of its choreographer, Kent Stowell, who was PNB artistic director and principal choreographer from 1977 until his retirement in June 2005.
The run of Cinderella will be dedicated to the memory of designer Martin Pakledinaz, who passed away recently, with several costumes Pakledinaz designed for PNB on display at McCaw Hall. “It is Marty’s costumes that stay with us long after the clock strikes 12,” said PNB artistic director Peter Boal. “The beauty of Cinderella will be a stunning and powerful tribute to this extraordinary designer and friend to PNB.”
Opening night of Cinderella will feature an added treat: a one-night-only performance of Stravinsky’s charming Circus Polka, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with a special guest Ringmaster, former PNB principal dancer Patricia Barker.
Cinderella will run September 21 to 30 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street.
“We love our teen audience,” said Pacific Northwest Ballet artistic director Peter Boat when the ballet learned it was recipient of four “Teenies;” awards given by the Seattle Center’s city-run arts access program for teenagers known as Teen Tix.
“Receiving these Teeny Awards is a huge source of pride for all of us at PNB,” he said. PNB won in the following categories:
- Best Selling Show of 2011-2012: Don Quixote
- Best Dance Performance of 2011-2012: Love Stories
- Best Dance Organization
- Best Seats in the House
Now in its eighth year of operation, Teen Tix provides Seattle area teenagers, ages 13 to 19, with access to 38 arts organizations in an effort to engage young people in Seattle’s vibrant cultural scene. Teen Tix membership enables teenagers to purchase day-of-show tickets to music, dance, theatre, and arts events for only $5.
“Teen Tix is right at the heart of our effort to attract young people to Pacific Northwest Ballet, and it’s a partnership that works beautifully,” said Ellen Walker, PNB’s director of marketing and communications. “We love the Teen Tix organization and we love the young people who attend our performances, talk about the shows, and send us their feedback. We are a better organization because of Teen Tix, and receiving these awards is just icing on the cake!”
New York City Center’s 2012-13 season will open on September 27 with the ninth annual Fall for Dance Festival, featuring 20 acclaimed international and U.S. dance companies and choreographers in five programs for only $15 a ticket.
BroadwayWorld.com reported that City Center will celebrate the 20th season of its Tony Award-winning Encores! series on November 12 with a gala benefit starring Raúl Esparza and Kelli O’Hara. The Encores! Anniversary Season will open on January 30, 2013, with Fiorello!, the show that launched the series in 1994, and will continue with It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, followed by On Your Toes.
For the first time since 1996, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s full company returns to New York and City Center for two programs, under the direction of artistic director Peter Boal, with a mixed rep of Balanchine ballets and Jean-Christophe Maillot’s full-length Roméo et Juliette. The dance season also features world premieres and new productions by American Ballet Theatre and New York City Center principal dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, including a new work commissioned by New York City Center.
To see the full story, visit http://broadwayworld.com/article/John-Malkovich-to-Lead-THE-GIACOMO-VARIATIONS-at-NY-City-Center-in-May-20120723.
Pacific Northwest Ballet School presents two programs of dance featuring its own young artists along with members of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra on June 16 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
The 31st Annual School Performance will be presented at 1:30pm and showcase students of all levels performing original works by PNB school faculty. In addition, advanced students will perform George Balanchine’s divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée. Stravinsky’s score will be performed live by the SYSO under the direction of conductor and music director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe. Also on the program is the world premiere of Time Out, choreographed by PNB company dancer Price Suddarth to music by Bach.
“Next Step,” a one-night-only showcase featuring world premieres choreographed by PNB company dancers and performed by PNB School’s Professional Division students, will be held at 7pm. SYSO will again provide musical accompaniment.
In between the two performances, PNB School will host its Fourth Annual School Celebration Dinner at Prelude restaurant in McCaw Hall to honor the successes of PNB School students over the past year.
Tickets may be purchased from the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street.
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Peter Boal, Pacific Northwest Ballet artistic director, released a statement this week following the death of Where the Wild Things Are author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, who, in 1983, designed fanciful, wildly colorful sets and costumes for PNB’s Nutcracker.
“We at Pacific Northwest Ballet are saddened by the news of Maurice Sendak’s passing. Each of us has a deep connection to Maurice through treasured tales that were read to us as children. In turn, I loved revisiting favorite stories with my children as they will with their children. His books are part of us and part of a family tradition.
“At the ballet we have another Sendak tradition equally dear to us: each winter when we step into the wondrous storybook world of [choreographer] Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak’s Nutcracker. Mischievous mice, an exotic peacock, the Pasha’s seraglio, and even a curious monster from Where the Wild Things Are create a blissful return to childhood.
“Many at PNB remember working side by side with Maurice while he discovered the world of ballet and we discovered the alchemy of magic and wonder. We will proudly dedicate this year’s Nutcracker to Maurice Sendak, an artist who taught us to dream in color.”
According to the Seattle Times, Sendak died early Tuesday in Danbury, Connecticut at age 83 four days after suffering a stroke.
To see the full obituary, visit http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2018163076_apusobitmauricesendak.html.
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Coppélia,a tale of love, laughter, and happily ever after, will be presented by Pacific Northwest Ballet in eight performances June 1 to 10 at the Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
Originally created in 1870, choreographer George Balanchine and legendary ballerina Alexandra Danilova drew on source material and memory when they created New York City Ballet’s version in 1974—which PNB premiered in 2010 and has recreated for this spring’s production.
The story, inseparable from Léo Delibes’ melodic score, is a lighthearted comedy about vivacious young Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz, and the eccentric toymaker Dr. Coppelius. Though Franz loves Swanilda, he is swept away by Coppélia, a life-sized doll that he believes is real. When Swanilda steals into Dr. Coppelius’ workshop and discovers the truth about Coppélia, she dresses up as her rival and amuses herself by tricking both toymaker and her lover.
All ends well in the final act’s splendid wedding festivities, revised by Balanchine and enhanced by the addition of 24 “baby” ballerinas who frame ensemble and solo variations.
For details and ticket information, visit www.pnb.org. To view the trailer and behind-the-scenes webcasts on the show’s production, visit http://www.pnb.org/Season/11-12/Coppelia/?utm_source=Pacific+Northwest+Ballet&utm_campaign=3aeac4961a-Coppelia_5_7_2012&utm_medium=email#Media.
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Pacific Northwest Ballet has been named the second recipient of the Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance, a $25,000 grant designed to encourage large ballet companies to create new works, reported The New York Times.
The award was presented in Seattle on Friday to Peter Boal, the company’s artistic director. The ballet plans to use the money to commission a new work by Alejandro Cerrudo, the resident choreographer for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, with a New York premiere at the Joyce Theater during the 2013-14 season.
For more information on Pacific Northwest Ballet, visit www.pnb.org. To see the original story, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/arts/dance/pacific-northwest-ballet-wins-25000-grant.html?_r=1
Pacific Northwest Ballet continues its 39th season with a potent program of Greek gods and 13th-century monks, “Apollo & Carmina.”
Apollo, George Balanchine’s oldest surviving ballet, was his first international success as well as the start of his collaboration with Igor Stravinsky. Choreographed in 1928 for the Ballets Russes and known originally as Apollon Musagète, Apollo is widely regarded as the fountainhead of contemporary classicism.
Pacific Northwest Ballet founding artistic director Kent Stowell’s rendering of Carl Orff’s 1937 musical cantata, Carmina Burana, has played to sold-out audiences since its 1993 premiere. The famous cantata’s poems about the fickleness of fortune, the joy of renewal, and the perils of sin come to life in the shadow of Ming Cho Lee’s colossal 26-foot golden wheel.
“Apollo & Carmina” runs for eight performances April 13 to 22 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased at 206.441.2424, www.pnb.org, or in person at the PNB box office, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle.
The all-premiere lineup of “New Works” by Pacific Northwest Ballet in March includes works by a pair of European choreographers and a second commission from dance-fusion pioneer Victor Quijada (Suspension of Disbelief).
British choreographer David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin is his tribute to the bliss dancers sometimes experience in their work, a feeling “just like that—a million simultaneous kisses to your skin.” Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s poignant Cylindrical Shadows extends the scope of an earlier piece she created in homage to the unexpected death of a close friend.
Quijada combines his street-dancing roots with modern dance, classic and contemporary ballet, capoeira, yoga, martial arts, and theatrical improv, with the goal of making “a new dance language, one that can tell new stories.”
“New Works” will run for seven performances March 16 to 24 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at the PNB box office at 301 Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.
Joshua Grant, a Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer from 2001 to 2004, has rejoined the company as a member of the corps de ballet effective November 14.
A native of Niceville, Florida, Grant trained at Northwest Florida Ballet, Harid Conservatory, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and he attended summer courses at Virginia School of the Arts, the Rock School, Harid Conservatory, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He joined PNB as an apprentice in 2001 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2002.
During his time away from Seattle, Grant danced with National Ballet of Canada and was a principal dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, where he performed leading roles in Chopiniana, Gaîté Parisienne, Giselle, Go for Barocco, Majisimas, Paquita, Pas de Quatre, and Swan Lake, among other ballets.
In other news, Angelica Generosa of South River, New Jersey, and Charles McCall of St. Louis, Missouri, members of the PNB School professional division, will step into new roles as apprentices on November 21; and corps de ballet dancers Kiyon Gaines, Kylee Kitchens, and Jerome Tisserand will all be promoted to soloists, beginning January 9.
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Enchanting activities and seasonal fun await Pacific Northwest Ballet audiences arriving for the opening weekend of The Nutcracker.
Guests arriving early for any of the five opening weekend performances in Seattle, Washington, will enjoy the splendor of McCaw Hall decked out in full Nutcracker regalia. Patrons can take a photo in front of the 20-foot tree, enjoy a magic show, be serenaded by roaming carolers, collect Nutcracker souvenir buttons, create a craft, or take a mini-dance class. After the performance, guests will receive a Candy Cane Roca Buttercrunch Toffee treat, courtesy of Brown & Haley.
PNB’s Nutcracker, with choreography by Ken Stowell and scenic and costume design by children’s author Maurice Sendak (of Where the Wild Things Are fame), premiered December 13, 1983.
Drawing on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Stowell and Sendak delved deeply into the original story and infused the ballet with a drama and strength that fully complement Tchaikovsky’s classic score. The following year saw the publication of Nutcracker, a new edition of the original Hoffman story with illustrations by Sendak that remained on The New York Times’ best-seller list for eight weeks.
In 1986 a feature-length film of the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker was released nationwide. In addition to annual Seattle performances, PNB has performed Nutcracker in Vancouver, Portland, and Minneapolis.
This year’s edition will be presented in 36 performances November 25 to December 27 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the PNB box office at 206.441.2424, online at www.PNB.org, or in person at the PNB box office at 301 Mercer Street. Limited tickets are also available thru Ticketmaster, 800.745.3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. No other ticket outlets are authorized to sell PNB Nutcracker tickets. For details, visit http://www.pnb.org/Season/11-12/Nutcracker/.
Pacific Northwest Ballet will celebrate its November performances of Love Stories with several special educational events.
“After Petipa,” a lecture/demonstration that considers what the choreography credit “after Petipa” means will be held October 20 at 5:30pm at The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. PNB education programs manager Doug Fullington and company dancers look at Love Stories’ famous classical duets—the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake and the Blue Bird pas de deux and grand pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty—to find how these extraordinary dances have evolved over time. Cost is $20.
Also, on November 3 at 6pm, the PNB lecture series continues with a discussion with PNB artistic staff, choreographers, and/or stagers during the hour preceding the Love Stories dress rehearsal at 7pm. Cost is $12 for the lecture only or $30 for lecture and dress rehearsal.
Love Stories is a mixed-bill program of George Balanchine’s divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée, Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, the balcony pas de deux from Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, the Black Swan pas de deux from Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake, and Aurora’s wedding scene from Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty.
Love Stories will be presented November 4 to 13 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington. For details, visit www.pnb.org.
Dance educators hailing from all educational sectors are welcome to attend The Dance Educators Association of Washington’s fall conference, “Excellence in Education,” scheduled for the weekend of October 8 and 9 the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Bellevue, Washington.
Conference sessions include creative ballet for pre-kindergarten students, connecting science and dance for K-5, jazz warm-ups, lyrical dance, Filipino cultural dance, student motivation, folk dancing, and more. The conference is open to dance educators working in and out of schools, private studio teachers, university students, and education advocates. Clock hours are available.
The conference will run October 8 from 12:30 to 6:30pm (includes reception), and October 9 from 8:30am to 4:30pm (includes lunch). Member rate is $90 for one day or $120 for both. To register, visit http://deawa.org/documents/DEAWregistrationform2011.pdf. Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a full schedule of events, visit http://deawa.org/events.php.
Pacific Northwest Ballet fans can celebrate the start of the fall arts season by taking 20 percent off tickets to select performances of the season opener, “All Wheeldon,” featuring four works by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
The 20 percent off offer applies to three performances this weekend: September 23 at 7:30pm, and September 24 at 2 and 7:30pm.
PNB’s season-opening mixed bill includes an all-dance synopsis of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel (A Dance); a study of intimacy in After the Rain pas de deux; the sleek and technical Polyphonia; and Variations Sérieuses, a hilarious “peek from the wings” at the ballet.
To buy tickets, visit https://www.pnb.org/Account/Promo.aspx?promo=whee or call 206.441.2424 and mention the promo word Whee!
“All Wheeldon” runs through October 2 at Seattle’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. For more information, visit http://www.pnb.org/Season/11-12/AllWheeldon/.
Ariana Lallone, principal ballerina at Pacific Northwest Ballet for 17 years, is stepping out in an original production directed by Broadway legend and nine-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune at Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni.
Bonsoir Liliane! is an all-new show features the extraordinary life of French dancer and Tony Award-winning star Liliane Montevecchi. The show will take audiences on a journey through Montevecchi’s fondest memories and boldest fantasies in Moscow, Paris, and beyond, and showcases spectacular new dance numbers featuring Lallone, who retired from the ballet this June.
The show runs September 1 through January 29 at Teatro ZinZanni, 22 Mercer Street in the heart of Seattle’s theater district, and features Montevecchi, Kevin Kent, Tobias Larsson, Les Petits Freres, Vita Radionova, and Diva and the Dixies.
Teatro ZinZanni invites Lallone’s supporters to celebrate her 17 years as PNB principal ballerina and her upcoming debut at Teatro ZinZanni by offering $17 off select performances of Bonsoir Liliane!
To make a reservation, contact the box office at 206.802.0015 and ask for the “PNB Rate” or order online at http://dreams.zinzanni.org/tickets.htm.
Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Margaret Mullin has been chosen as a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, presented by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA to help emerging artists pursue artistic goals in theater, film, dance, and choreography.
A Tucson, Arizona native, Mullin studied on scholarship at Ballet Arts Tucson and at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and attended summer courses at Ballet Tucson, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Mullin joined PNB as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009.
“Maggie is an artist of tremendous potential and versatility. Her talent along with a strong work ethic and an engaging stage presence are all part of this well-deserved honor,” PNB artistic director Peter Boal says.
PNB also congratulates former PNB principal Olivier Wevers of Spectrum Dance Theater and Seattle-based choreographer Zoe Scofield of DiverseWorks ArtSpace, who were both awarded choreography fellowships.
Other dance fellowship recipients included Alisa Alba of the National Institute of Flamenco, Joseph Gorak of American Ballet Theatre, and Frederick (Pete) Walker of North Carolina Dance Theatre. Dance scholarships went to Jeffrey Van Sciver (Chris Hellman Award), Dominican University/LINES Ballet; and Casia Vengoechea, The Julliard School-Dance Division.
Dance honorariums went to Jacqueline Burnett of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nigel Campbell of Luna Negra Dance Theater, and Chanel DaSilva of Trey McIntyre Project.
Awards winners will travel to New York City as guests of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, where they will receive their awards at the annual black tie Princess Grace Awards Gala November 1 at Cipriani 42nd Street. To view the full list of winners, visit www.pgfusa.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet will open its 2011-2012 season with All Wheeldon, a showcase of works by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, September 23 to October 2 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington.
The program includes Carousel (A Dance), an all-dance synopsis of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical; After the Rain pas de deux, where a couple’s tangible physicality acts as metaphor for deep emotion; and the sleek and technical Polyphonia, with a cool abstraction that suggests George Balanchine’s influence. Also included is the comedic Variations Sérieuses, which offers audiences a peek into a hilarious backstage drama unfolding “at the ballet.”
In addition, Christopher Wheeldon On Stage, a preview hosted by the choreographer, will be held September 21 at 6:30pm at McCaw Hall. Wheeldon, newly appointed to the artistic team of London’s Royal Ballet, returns to Seattle to rehearse the company for its first program dedicated to his work. Tickets for On Stage are $20 for the general public, or $10 for PNB subscribers.
Tickets for All Wheeldon start at $28 and may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at the PNB box office, 301 Mercer Street.
Ballet lovers can avoid service fees if they purchase single tickets to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2011-2012 season before the end of July.
Those who wait until August 1 or later will pay an $8 fee per order for Nutcracker tickets, $6 for other season performances, and $3 for lectures (in addition to the face value of the ticket).
The Seattle-based company’s coming season includes Coppélia, the American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote, and Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana (paired with George Balanchine’s Apollo).
To order tickets, call 206.441.2424 or visit www.pnb.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Annual Fund Challenge campaign has exceeded its goal of $200,000 and reached the matching pledge made by an anonymous donor, resulting in a total of $497,328 to support PNB’s Annual Fund, the Seattle-based company announced this week.
“With ticket sales covering only 70 percent of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual operating expenses, this support is critical to maintaining [its] high-quality performances,” the company said in a news release. PNB’s nearly 50 dancers present more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballet at Seattle’s McCaw Hall.
For more information about PNB’s Annual Fund, contact Clare Hausmann, Annual Fund manager, at 206.441.3593 or email@example.com.
When Pacific Northwest Ballet returned to the rehearsal studios this week, its dancers joined by new corps de ballet members Leta Biasucci, Elizabeth Murphy, and Matthew Renko.
Additionally, two new apprentices will join the company in mid-September: Steven Loch and Sarah Pasch, both of whom were most recently two-year members of the PNB School Professional Division.
Carlisle, Pennsylvania native Biasucci studied at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and became a trainee at San Francisco Ballet School in 2006. Two years later she joined Oregon Ballet Theatre, where she performed leading and featured roles in George Balanchine’s Emeralds and The Four Temperaments, Nicolo Fonte’s Left Unsaid, and James Kudelka’s Hush, among other roles.
Murphy, from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, studied at Academy of Ballet Arts and the Rock School for Dance Education and attended summer courses on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Chautauqua Summer Program. She was an apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theater and also danced with Pennsylvania Ballet before joining Ballet West II in 2006 and Ballet West in 2007.
Renko was born in Tampa, Florida and raised in Sumter, South Carolina. He studied at Columbia Conservatory of Dance, North Carolina School of the Arts, and on scholarship at the School of American Ballet. He became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2008. In 2009, he joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Renko has choreographed for the School of American Ballet Student Choreography Workshop and the New York Choreographic Institute.
Loch, from Dallas, Texas, studied at Ballet Conservatory in Lewisville, Texas, and on scholarship at Harid Conservatory and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He has performed as a guest artist at the International Ballet Festival of Miami and the Youth America Grand Prix Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala.
Pasch is from Dublin, California. She studied at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She has also performed with Houston Ballet. For more information on the upcoming season, visit www.pnb.org.
Fans of Pacific Northwest Ballet can subscribe now for the upcoming season and receive package deals and perks offered by the Seattle-based ballet company.
Subscription performances for 2011-2012 include “All Wheeldon,” “Love Stories,” Don Quixote, “New Works,” Apollo/Carmina, and Coppélia. A season subscription comes with guaranteed seats and a host of exclusive subscriber benefits. New this year is a 15 percent discount off any 2011 Nutcracker performance tickets when added to a subscription by July 17.
Subscription packages include: Full Season Subscription (all six repertory shows); Choose Your Own Package (pick four shows to build a custom subscription); and the Fairy Tales Package (including Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Snow White, and Coppélia).
Single tickets for any 2011-2012 performance, including all six repertory programs as well as The Nutcracker, go on sale July 18 at 10am.
Starting July 18, subscribers can purchase additional single tickets at a 20 percent discount. For package subscriptions, call 206.441.2424. For more information, visit www.pnb.org.
As Pacific Northwest Ballet prepares for its final performances this weekend of Giselle, patrons can learn more about the reconstruction of this classic ballet through a series of webcasts available on the ballet’s website.
Some of the topics discussed include:
- A translation of what the characters are “saying” during the ballet’s extensive action and pantomime scenes.
- A look at Giselle imagery featuring Angela Sterling photographs.
- Principal dancer Lucien Postlewaite dances Albrecht’s variation in act II.
- Principal dancer Carla Körbes talks about her experience in preparing for her first performance of Giselle.
- Behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and personal insight from principal dancer Karel Cruz on portraying Albrecht.
- A discussion of how Myrtha is the Queen of the Wilis who force men to dance themselves to exhaustion.
- Info on how PNB re-staged Giselle using newly discovered manuscripts combined with the original notations from the 19th century.
- Digital illustrator Ben Kerns provides an inside look into the process of creating the Giselle poster.
- How PNB revived two scenes from the second act of Giselle that are often omitted in modern performances.
To view the web casts, visit http://www.pnb.org/Season/10-11/Giselle/#Media?utm_source=giselle_06.07.11&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=giselle.
Also available online: an 80-minute program featuring the sold-out lecture-demonstration “Pacific Northwest Ballet—Giselle Revisited,” a Works and Process program at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. PNB dancers perform excerpts from Peter Boal’s new staging of Giselle and Boal discussed the production with dance scholars Doug Fullington and Marian Smith.
To view, visit http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11925622.
Final performances of Giselle will be held June 9 to 12 at Seattle’s McCaw Hall. For tickets, call 206.441.2424 or visit www.pnb.org. The PNB Box Office is located at 301 Mercer Street, Seattle.
The box office opens for single-ticket sales July 18, with a one-week offer of no service fee charges for tickets purchased from July 18 to 24. Subscriptions may be purchased now.
A highlight of the season will be Ratmansky’s Don Quixote, created for Dutch National Ballet in 2010, to be performed by PNB February 3 to 12, 2012. Also scheduled is the return of Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana paired with one of George Balanchine’s earliest triumphs, Apollo; company premieres of works by Jerome Robbins, Balanchine, and David Dawson; a program dedicated to the works of Christopher Wheeldon; and world premieres from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Victor Quijada. Also returning to PNB are Balanchine’s Coppélia and Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak’s Nutcracker, as well as the Family Matinee production of Snow White.
The season runs this September to June 2012 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington. Subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office, either by phone at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street. Discounted subscription rates are available for seniors, students, and children.
Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet will present two full programs featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet School students during a Day of Dance on June 18.
The 30th Annual School Performance, beginning at 1:30pm, will feature students of all levels performing original works by PNB school faculty and is designed to showcase the students’ skills and accomplishments over the past year. PNB school’s most advanced students will perform George Balanchine’s Western Symphony, with music performed by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stephen Rogers Radcliffe. Audiences will also see the world premiere of Menuet & Allegros, choreographed by PNB ballet master Paul Gibson.
Later, at 7pm, “Next Step” (formerly Choreographers’ Showcase), features eight world premieres choreographed by PNB company dancers and performed by the PNB School’s professional division students.
Between the two events, the Third Annual School Celebration Dinner at Prelude restaurant in McCaw Hall will honor and commemorate the successes of PNB School students over the past year.
All three events take place at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets may be purchased from the PNB box office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street.
The 7th annual Backstage Bash, “Midsummer Mischief,” will be presented by Backstage Pass (Pacific Northwest Ballet’s young professionals organization) and Pacific Place on April 15 immediately following PNB’s evening performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Backstage Bash is a night of food, fun, drinks, and dance, all held backstage from 10pm to 1am at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, at Seattle Center. The event is an opportunity for young professionals to meet and mingle with PNB company dancers. Ten Mercer will provide complimentary food, with beverages from Hedges Family Estate, Heineken Brewery, and Batch 206 Vodka.
To attend, patrons must be 21 or older. Admission is $35, or $60 for VIP tickets that include a gift bag from Pacific Place and complimentary parking option. Net proceeds from Backstage Bash support the creation and development of world-class dance at PNB. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424 or online at www.pnb.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet will wrap up its 2010-2011 season with the annual Season Encore Performance, a crowd-pleasing reprise of some of the Seattle-based company’s greatest hits.
The program will feature PNB’s entire company, along with the PNB Orchestra under the baton of acting music director/conductor Allan Dameron. The evening also celebrates the careers of departing principal dancers Ariana Lallone, Jeffrey Stanton, Stanko Milov, and Olivier Wevers; soloist Chalnessa Eames, and corps de ballet dancers Stacy Lowenberg, Barry Kerollis, and Josh Spell.
The line-up includes Agon, Carmen (excerpt), Lambarena (excerpt), Monster (excerpt), Nine Sinatra Songs (excerpt), Petite Mort, Red Angels, Rubies (excerpt), Rushed Goodbye, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (excerpt), and Who Cares? (excerpt).
The Season Encore Performance will be presented one night only, June 12 at 6:30pm at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle. Tickets range from $30 to $175 and may be purchased through the PNB box office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. Discounts of up to 20 percent are available for groups of 10 or more by calling Julie Jamieson at 206.441.2416 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s season finale, Giselle, marks the first time, the Seattle-based company says, that an American ballet company has revived a classic based on original material researched by Stepanov notation expert Doug Fullington in collaboration with leading Giselle scholar Marian Smith.
Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has become one of the most popular ballets of all time. It tells the story of a young peasant girl seduced and betrayed by a nobleman. Dying of a broken heart, Giselle joins the ranks of the supernatural Wilis, women scorned before their wedding day and doomed to take their revenge for eternity.
Giselle, staged by PNB artistic director Peter Boal, runs from June 3 to 12 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $27 and may be purchased by calling the PNB box office at 206.441.2424, in person at the PNB box office at 301 Mercer Street, or online at www.pnb.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet School faculty members Marjorie Thompson and Bruce Wells, former dancers with New York City Ballet, will discuss working with George Balanchine and their experiences with A Midsummer Night’s Dream during the next offering in PNB’s lecture series, April 7 at 6pm.
The lecture, at the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at Seattle’s McCaw Hall, will be followed at 7pm by a dress rehearsal of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by PNB dancers. Tickets are $12 for the lecture, or $25 for the lecture and dress rehearsal.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs April 8 to 17 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street. Tickets are $27 to $165 in advance. Tickets for the lecture, dress rehearsal, or performances may be purchased by calling the PNB box office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at the PNB box office at 301 Mercer St.
Pacific Northwest Ballet will present the second of this season’s two Discover Dance community performances on March 26 at 10am at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, Washington.
With the guidance of PNB teaching artists, this performance will include original choreography created by students at Daniel Bagley Elementary, Graham Hill Elementary, and Pinehurst K-8 from the Seattle Public School District, and Eastgate Elementary from the Bellevue School District.
Also featured will be PNB and Spectrum Dance Theater’s REACH Student Dance Group, an outreach program for 11- to 15-year-olds, along with excerpts from George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by PNB company dancers.
Discover Dance gives more than 600 students ages 7 to 14 the opportunity to work with PNB teaching artists during three- to five-month residencies to create original choreographic works specifically designed to be integrated into their academic curriculum. Students get a behind-the-scenes look at a professional ballet company, including field trips to rehearsal studios, production offices, and the costume shop. Discover Dance was recently featured on KCPQ/Q13 Arts Around. To view the clip, visit www.q13fox.com/news/artsaround/.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at the PNB box office, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle.
Pacific Northwest Ballet will hold several free events in conjunction with its production of “Contemporary 4,” an evening of works by Paul Gibson, Marco Goecke, Mark Morris, and Alexei Ratmansky.
Conversations with PNB, an hour-long discussion about “Contemporary 4” with PNB dancers Laura Gilbreath, Chelsea Adomaitis, and Ezra Thomson, will be held March 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle.
Also, during a lunch-hour lecture at noon March 15 at the Central Seattle Public Library, education programs manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about “Contemporary 4,” complete with video excerpts. Both events are free of charge.
“Contemporary 4” will run March 18 to 27 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington. The program includes the local premiere of Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH; a world premiere by Goecke, a young German choreographer; The Piano Dance, created by Gibson, a former PNB principal dancer and now ballet master; and Morris’ Pacific. Tickets start at $27 and may be purchased at www.pnb.org, by calling 206.441.2424, or in person at the PNB box office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.
George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to the McCaw Hall stage in Seattle, Washington, as the fifth offering of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2010-2011 season.
Staged by PNB founding artistic director Francia Russell, this Midsummer brings the choreographer’s dramatic ideas to life scenically as never before. PNB has performed its production of Midsummer to great acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1998 and at Sadler’s Wells Theater in London in 1999, where the production was filmed by the BBC and released on DVD.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs April 8 to 17 at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $27 and can be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street, or online at www.pnb.org. Tickets also can be purchased (subject to availability) 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street.
Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Stacy Lowenberg has announced she will retire at the end of the 2010-2011 season, following a 17-year career, 14 years of which were spent with Seattle-based PNB.
“Being a ballet dancer has been a dream come true for me,” Lowenberg says. “I love what I do and feel honored to have danced professionally for Pacific Northwest Ballet. I have learned so much on this journey and hope everyone who has watched and supported me and been a part of my life will enjoy watching my life evolve into a new beginning and a new journey.”
Lowenberg trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined PNB as an apprentice in 1994, joined Oregon Ballet Theatre in 1996, and returned to PNB in 1999.
Lowenberg originated leading roles in Val Caniparoli’s Torque, Dominique Dumais’ Scripted in the Body and Time and Other Matter, Nicolo Fonte’s Within/Without, Paul Gibson’s Rush, Donald Byrd’s Seven Deadly Sins, James Canfield’s (CQ) Charmed Quark and Paul Vasterling’s Seasons.
In addition, Lowenberg has choreographed seven pieces. Her works have been shown at McCaw Hall, Bumbershoot, Meydenbauer Theatre, and on film for the Beijing Olympics. (The Beijing choreography was danced in Seattle before the 2008 Olympics.) She has choreographed for Ballet Theatre of Des Moines, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, PNB Choreographers’ Showcase, and Ballet Bellevue, and will premiere a new work in Seattle Dance Project’s upcoming “Project 4” performances, January 28 to February 5 at The Erickson Theater on Capitol Hill. (www.seattledanceproject.org)
Lowenberg has also taught at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and is a Stott-certified Pilates instructor for PNB Conditioning and in her own private practice. For more information, visit www.pnb.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Pinocchio, a narrated one-act ballet illustrated by storybook sets and costumes and based on the original stories by author Carlo Collodi, will be performed in Seattle, Washington, March 20 at noon and 3:30 p.m., and March 26 at 2:00 p.m.
This hour-long matinee will be performed by 60 students from PNB School and is an affordable introduction to ballet for children and families. Music is by Nicola Piovani and Amilcare Ponchielli, with concept and choreography by Bruce Wells. Performances will be held at Seattle’s McCaw Hall. Visit www.pnb.org/season/10-11/Pinocchio for information.
Works & Process, the performing arts program at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, will present Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Giselle Revisited via live stream on January 9 at 7:30 p.m.
For more than 25 years and 300 productions, Works & Process has offered audiences unprecedented access to leading creators and performers through a series of 80-minute performances that combine artistic creation and stimulating conversation.
Performances are held in the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. Yet with PNB’s Sunday performance sold out, for the first time, Works & Process will live stream the program, which includes excerpts from PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal’s new staging of Giselle, prior to the production’s June 2011 premiere at McCaw Hall in Seattle.
Giselle will feature reconstructed choreography utilizing Stepanov notation circa 1899-1903 and French sources from the 1840s and 1860s. Boal will discuss the production with dance scholars Doug Fullington and Marian Smith. Excerpts will be performed by PNB dancers Carrie Imler, Carla Körbes, James Moore, and Seth Orza. The Winger’s Candice Thompson will moderate the real-time online discussion. The video will be automatically archived and can be shared/viewed in social networks.
To see the performance live online, visit www.ustream.tv/channel/worksandprocess.
For the fourth program in its 2010-2011 season, Pacific Northwest Ballet will present “CONTEMPORARY 4,” a mixed repertory program featuring the local premiere of choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH, as well as the world premiere of a new work by Marco Goecke.
The program also features the return of Paul Gibson’s The Piano Dance and Mark Morris’ Pacific. “CONTEMPORARY 4” runs March 18 to 27 at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $27 and may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington.
Following a nine-year hiatus, Kent Stowell’s Cinderella makes a long-anticipated return to the Pacific Northwest Ballet for its McCaw Hall debut.
Stowell focused on the spirit of the story, drawn from the original French fairy tale by Charles Perrault, to develop the ballet’s romantic and tender themes, a narrative of “love lost, and love found.” Roles for the entire company, as well as some of Stowell’s most endearing creations for PNB School students, combine with more than 100 detailed costumes and vast painted backdrops in this elaborate production.
Performances will run February 4 to 13 at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington. For tickets, call 206.441.2424 or visit www.pnb.org.
Just in time for holiday gift giving, the Pacific Northwest Ballet is offering a special Fairy Tale Subscription with tickets to three enchanting favorites: Cinderella, Pinocchio, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Production dates are: February 4 to 13 (Cinderella), April 8 to 17 (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and March 20 and 26 for PNB School’s Pinocchio. All performances include music by the PNB Orchestra at McCaw Hall. Packages start at $69.
Gift certificates in any amount are also available. For more information, visit www.pnb.org or call 206.441.2424.
PNBConditioning, with facilities in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, encourages patrons to give the gift of good health with holiday packages now available for purchase.
Originally designed for Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers and students, PNBConditioning uses the Pilates method to help people from all walks of life strengthen and sculpt their bodies. PNBConditioning develops core strength and stability, promotes long, lean muscles, increases flexibility, and works for any fitness level.
Patrons will receive a complimentary session with the purchase of a holiday package of 10 Pilates apparatus or Pilates mat classes. Offer good through January 15, 2011. Limit two per customer. All packages expire six months from date of purchase.
Also available is a New Year’s special of three private Pilates apparatus classes for $150 (a savings of 25 percent). Offer for new clients only, subject to availability. Expires April 2011. To purchase, call PNBConditioning at:
- Seattle location: 206.441.2435
- Bellevue location: 425.451.1241
For more information, visit www.pnb.org/PNBSchool/PNBConditioning.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Jeffrey Stanton will retiring at the end of the 2010-2011 season, following a 23-year career, 17 years of which were spent with PNB.
“As I look back at my ballet career I feel a tremendous amount of pride and gratitude,” said Stanton in his announcement. “It seems only yesterday I was a student with high hopes and dreams to fulfill. What happened was everything and more than I ever hoped for. I can now retire from my professional ballet career knowing that I gave it everything I had. My hope is that it’s been as rewarding to the audience as it has been for me.”
Stanton trained at San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. In addition to classical ballet, he also studied ballroom, jazz, and tap dancing. He joined San Francisco Ballet in 1989 and left to join Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 1994. He was promoted to soloist in 1995 and was made a principal in 1996. He is originally from Santa Cruz, California. More details on Stanton’s career can be found at www.pnb.org.
The Goh Ballet’s production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, will feature guest dancers from The National Ballet of Canada and Pacific Northwest Ballet, along with an illusionist, ballroom dancers, gymnasts, and the company’s own award-winning young dancers.
The production runs December 16 to 19 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees December 18 and 19 at 2 p.m., at the Centre in Vancouver (Canada) for the Performing Arts, with live music by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Invited guests include Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk of The National Ballet of Canada and Mara Vinson and Karel Cruz from PNB.
Executive producer for The Nutcracker is Chan Hon Goh, former prima ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada. The production features sets and costumes by Zhang Dinghao and Li Ming and lighting design by Pierre Lavoie.
Dancing Across Borders, the story of a Cambodian dancer’s development as an artist in the world of American ballet, will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray in December.
The film, released by First Run Features, tells the story of Sokvannara “Sy” Sar, who was dancing with a small troupe in Angkor Wat when Anne Bass, a longtime patron of dance in America, saw him perform. Bass was so taken with Sy’s talent and potential that she arranged for him to come to New York and audition for the School of American Ballet. The movie follows Sy as he negotiates high-powered rehearsal studios in New York, adjusts to both American ballet and culture, and finally performs with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.
Dancing Across Borders is a story about growth, adaptation, and belonging, as well as a window into the development of talent at the highest level and the mastery of an art form.
Beginning December 7, the DVD will be available for $27.95 and on Blu-ray for $34.95 at major retailers. More information can be found at www.firstrunfeatures.com.
Pacific Northwest Ballet will present the first of this season’s two Discover Dance community performances on November 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington.
Discover Dance is part of PNB’s Community & Education Programs, offering long-term in-school residencies throughout the greater Seattle area under the guidance of PNB teaching artists. The November performance will include choreography created by Arbor Heights Elementary, Broadview Thomson K–8, and Highland Park Elementary.
The event will also feature PNB and Spectrum Dance Theater’s REACH Student Dance Group, an outreach program for youth ages 11 to 15, and excerpts from Kent Stowell’s Cinderella presented by PNB company dancers.
Tickets are $12 and are available by calling 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer Street.
In the spirit of the season, Pacific Northwest Ballet, under the direction of Peter Boal, will present several Nutcracker-themed events as the ballet’s annual holiday production takes to the stage again in November in Seattle, Washington.
Performances of The Nutcracker begin November 27 at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. They feature choreography by Ken Stowell and sets and costumes by Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are.
Special events include a Nutcracker Brunch on November 27 at McCaw Hall, with food and a mini-performance, for patrons of all ages. On opening weekend, November 26 to 28, McCaw Hall will welcome patrons with a series of pre-show activities such as a magic show, Nutcracker trading card swap, create-a-craft class, and mini-dance classes. Classical radio station KING, 98.1 FM, will also broadcast a performance live on November 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Families of four can purchase Nutcracker tickets at a special price, and groups larger than 15 can receive 25 percent discounts. For more details and prices, visit www.pnb.org.
All Tharp, a program of works by American dance icon Twyla Tharp, will be presented by Pacific Northwest Ballet this November at the Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, Washington.
Performances of the Tharp triple bill—Opus 111, Afternoon Ball, and Waterbaby Bagatelles—are scheduled for November 5 and 6 and November 11 to 13 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on November 6 at 2:00 p.m. and November 14 at 1:00 p.m.Opus 111 and Afternoon Ball were commissioned by PNB in 2008. The first is a joyous, folk-influenced ensemble work, and the second is an unflinching take on urban alienation and redemption. In Waterbaby Bagatelles, last seen at PNB in 2006, dancers under the aqueous glow of florescent light tubes flit and flow as if in a fish tank, swept up by the musical currents of seven short compositions.
Tickets range from $27 to $165 and are available by phone at 206.441.2424 or online at www.pnb.org. Patrons under age 25 can purchase one ticket for $15 or two for $25 for all Thursday and Friday night performances (November 5, 11, and 12).
After a successful 24-year career with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Principal Ariana Lallone will be leaving the company at the end of the 2010-2011 season.
“Ariana is an extraordinary dancer, an earnest PNB advocate, and a true friend,” Aya Hamilton, chairman of the board of trustees, says. “We hope all of her many admirers will be with us throughout the season as we look for ways to honor Ariana’s glorious career and celebrate her truly unique imprint on PNB.”
After one year on scholarship at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Lallone joined the company in 1987 and quickly made her mark as a dancer with a “singular style.” At 5-foot-11, Lallone was noted for her long lines, as well as her intensity, dramatic temperament, and individuality. During her final season, Lallone is scheduled to dance roles that she defined for PNB, in works by Jirí Kylián, Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Christopher Stowell, and George Balanchine.
A native of Woodland Hills, California, Lallone trained at the Rozann-Zimmerman Ballet Center (now known as California Dance Academy) in Chatsworth, CA. After joining PNB as an apprentice in 1987, she was promoted to corps de ballet in 1988, to soloist in 1993, and principal in 1994.
Kent Stowell created the title role in Carmen for Lallone in 2002 and roles for her in Carmina Burana, Cinderella, Fauré Requiem, and Silver Lining. Lallone also originated leading roles in Stephen Baynes’ El Tango, Donald Byrd’s Capricious Night and Subtext Rage, Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge, The Seasons, and Torque, Dominique Dumais’ Scripted in the Body and Time and other Matter, Nicolo Fonte’s Within/Without, Kevin O’Day’s [soundaroun(d)dance], Ton Simons’ The Tenderness of Patient Minds, and Twyla Tharp’s Afternoon Ball and Opus 111.
In 1997, Ms. Lallone performed the solo from Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena at the Benois de la Danse Gala in Warsaw. She also performed the role of Hippolyta in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. In 2005, she performed with Peter Boal and Company.
Pacific Northwest Ballet patrons can receive 20 percent off tickets for performances this Thursday and Friday (September 30 and October 1) of the 2010-2011 season opener, Director’s Choice.
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. at McCaw Hall, Seattle, Oregon. The program includes four works selected by Artistic Director Peter Boal: Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tanze (Six Dances) and Petite Mort; Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces, and Jardi Tancat by Nacho Duato.
For more information, visit www.pnb.org or call 206.441.2424.
The Goh Ballet’s critically acclaimed presentation of The Nutcracker, featuring principal dancers from The National Ballet of Canada and Pacific Northwest Ballet, will take to the stage for six performances of the holiday classic in December.
The Nutcracker, choreographed by Anna-Marie Holmes, will be presented Dec. 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18-19 at 2 p.m. at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts, accompanied by musicians from the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.
Guest artists include Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk from The National Ballet of Canada and Mara Vinson and Karel Cruz from Pacific Northwest Ballet. Executive producer for The Nutcracker is Chan Hon Goh, former prima ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada.
The Goh Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker will also showcase sets and costumes by Zhang Dinghao and Li Ming, and lighting design by Pierre Lavoie.
The Nutcracker will also tour to Victoria Nov. 26-28, 2010, and perform at the Royal Theatre for its inaugural presentation by Dance Victoria. For more details, visit www.gohballet.com.