Announcing Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2018/19 Season

Pacific Northwest Ballet new season

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Artistic Director, Peter Boal, announced PNB’s 46th season which includes several premieres and fan favorites. There are several packages available including an All Premiere package. Check it out below:

46th season to include a first-of-its-kind Jerome Robbins Festival featuring two programs in alternating repertory; the return of audience favorites The Sleeping Beauty and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; world premieres from choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams, Matthew Neenan, and Company member Kyle Davis; PNB premieres by Alejandro Cerrudo, Alexander Ekman, and Justin Peck; and works George Balanchine, José Limón, and Price Suddarth. (And, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.)

September 2018 – June 2019
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center
Seattle, Washington

 Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 46th season, running from September, 2018 to June, 2019. Highlights include two programs of works by Jerome Robbins, presented in alternating repertory, in celebration of the legendary choreographer’s centennial; world premieres by Matthew Neenan, Robyn Mineko Williams, and Company member Kyle Davis; the return of classic and crowd-pleasing story ballets The Sleeping Beauty and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and PNB premieres by Alejandro Cerrudo (Silent Ghost), Alexander Ekman (Cacti), and Justin Peck (In the Countenance of Kings). The line-up concludes with the return of works by George Balanchine, José Limón, and Price Suddarth. For family audiences, PNB is bringing back its popular matinee production of Pinocchio (performed by students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School) and, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

“The scope of this season is tremendous,” said Mr. Boal. “It offers the magnificence of classical ballet and the innovative new direction of dance as interpreted by today’s finest choreographers. Repertory comes from as far away as St. Petersburg in 1890 and from the McCaw Hall stage in 2018. And our Jerome Robbins Festival, with two programs, seven ballets, and loads of extras, makes this the must-see event of the fall. Join us for all of it.”

PNB will begin accepting season subscription renewals and new full-season subscription orders on Monday, March 12, and subscribers will have access to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale to the general public; tickets to the Jerome Robbins Festival, ALL PREMIERE, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, go on sale to the public on Friday, July 20; Single tickets to the rest of the season will become available at a later date. For further information, contact the PNB Box Office by phone at 206.441.2424, online at PNB.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street. Discounted subscription rates are available for senior citizens and students with ID. All programming and dates are subject to change. For more information, visit PNB.org.

2018-2019 SEASON LINE-UP (programming subject to change):

First Look Gala

Friday, September 21, 2018
Celebrate the opening of PNB’s 46th season with a glamorous pre-performance cocktail party, an elegant backstage dinner, and an electrifying onstage dance party after the performance! (Performance tickets sold separately.)

Rep 1 – JEROME ROBBINS FESTIVAL

September 21 – 29, 2018
In celebration of Jerome Robbins’ centennial, Artistic Director Peter Boal’s selection of seven iconic works by the legendary choreographer fills PNB’s stage for two weeks in alternating repertory. The performance schedule is designed to give audiences the opportunity to immerse themselves in the genius of Robbins.

Program A: September 21, 22 (matinee) and 29 (evening)

Circus Polka

Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Judith Fugate
Premiere: June 21, 1972, New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: September 16, 2006

In the Night

Music: Frederic Chopin
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Costume Design: Anthony Dowell
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Premiere: January 29, 1970, New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: September 22, 2005

Afternoon of a Faun

Music: Claude Debussy
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Bart Cook
Scenic and Lighting Design: Jean Rosenthal
Costume Design: Irene Sharaff
Premiere: May 14, 1953, New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: May 11, 1978 (NYCB staging); restaged November 4, 2011

Other Dances (PNB Premiere)

Music: Frederic Chopin
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Isabelle Guérin
Costume Design: Santo Loquasto
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Premiere: May 9, 1976, Gala benefit for New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts

West Side Story Suite

Music: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Choreography: Jerome Robbins and Peter Genarro
Staging: Robert LaFosse and Jenifer Ringer
Vocal Coaching: Joan Barber
Scenic Design: Oliver Smith
Costume Design: Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Premiere: May 18, 1995, New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: March 12, 2009

Program B: September 22 (evening), 27, 28 and 29 (matinee)

Circus Polka

Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Dances at a Gathering

Music: Frederic Chopin
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Jared Angle and Jenifer Ringer
Costume Design: Joe Eula
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Premiere: May 22, 1969, New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: May 28, 2009

The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody)

Music: Frederic Chopin
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Judith Fugate
Scenic Design: Edward Gorey
Costume Design: Irene Sharaff
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Premiere: March 6, 1956, New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: September 15, 2007

Rep 2 – ALL PREMIERE

November 2 – 11, 2018
The first of this season’s three mixed-repertory programs brings a PNB premiere from Alejandro Cerrudo (Little mortal jump), Alexander Ekman’s international hit Cacti, and a new work created by PNB soloist Kyle Davis.

World Premiere
Music: Michael Giacchino
Choreography: Kyle Davis
Scenic and Lighting Design: Reed Nakayama
Costume Design: Elizabeth Murphy

Silent Ghost (PNB Premiere)

Music: Dustin Hamman, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm
Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo
Staging: Pablo Piantino
Costume Design: Branimira Ivanova
Lighting Design: Michael Korsch
Premiere: July 10, 2015, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Cacti (PNB Premiere)

Music: Franz Josef Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert
Choreography: Alexander Ekman
Staging: Ana Lucaciu
Scenic and Costume Design: Alexander Ekman
Lighting Design: Tom Visser
Premiere: February 25, 2010, Nederlands Dans Theater 2

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

November 23 – December 28, 2018|The Northwest’s favorite holiday tradition! PNB’s production of the iconic Balanchine ballet features sets and costumes designed by children’s author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig).

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Judith Fugate, with Peter Boal and Garielle Whittle
Scenic & Costume Design: Ian Falconer
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Original Lev Ivanov Production Premiere: December 6, 1892, Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg
Balanchine Production Premiere: February 2, 1954, New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: November 27, 2015

Rep 3The Sleeping Beauty

February 1 – 10, 2019
Don’t miss the kiss! Ronald Hynd’s magnificent full-length classic returns to the McCaw Hall stage as a perfect lead-in to Valentine’s Day. Breathtaking technique, opulent sets, and lavish costumes are joined by Tchaikovsky’s treasured score to create a happily-ever-after treat for all ages.

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Ronald Hynd (after Marius Petipa)
Staging: Ronald Hynd, Annette Page, Amanda Eyles
Scenic and Costume Design: Peter Docherty
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Original Production Premiere: January 15, 1890, Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg
Hynd Production Premiere: 1993, English National Ballet
PNB Premiere: February 1, 2001

Rep 4 – DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

March 15 – 24, 2019
Peter Boal’s popular program of seasonal selections, handpicked to introduce PNB audiences to dance-makers who are evolving the art form.

World Premiere
Music: Kyle Vegter
Choreography: Robyn Mineko Williams

World Premiere
Choreography: Matthew Neenan

In the Countenance of Kings (PNB Premiere)

Music: Sufjan Stevens
Choreography: Justin Peck
Staging: Felipe Diaz
Costume Design: Ellen Warren
Lighting Design: Brandon Stirling Baker
Premiere: April 7, 2016, San Francisco Ballet

Pinocchio

March 17 – 23, 2019 (Part of PNB’s “Family Matinees” series. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

Featuring students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School.

The classic tale of a puppet who yearns to be a real boy is presented as a narrated ballet for family audiences. Pinocchio is danced by students of PNB School in an hour-long matinee performance for children and families.

 Music: Nicola Piovani and Amilcare Ponchielli
Choreography: Bruce Wells
Staging: Michele Curtis
Scenic Design: Edith Whitsett
Costume Design: Pacific Northwest Ballet Costume Shop
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Rep 5A Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 12 – 21, 2019
Set deep in a lush Northwest-inspired forest, PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s comic tale of romantic confusion – charms all who wander into its enchanted realm

Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Francia Russell
Scenic and Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Premiere: January 17, 1962, New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: May 16, 1985; new production May 27, 1997  

REP 6 – THEMES & VARIATIONS

May 31 – June 9, 2019
PNB’s final mixed bill of the season promises intriguing variety. Balanchine’s Theme and Variation represents the height of classical elegance, while his Tarantella pas de deux dazzles with virtuoso fun. Jose Limon’s masterpiece The Moor’s Pavane – a distillation of Shakespeare’s Othello – casts a powerful spell. The line-up is completed by the return of Price Suddarth’s electric Signature.

Signature

Music: Barret Anspach
Choreography: Price Suddarth
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Premiere: November 6, 2015, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Tarantella

Music: Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Premiere: January 7, 1964, New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: January 31, 1985

The Moor’s Pavane

Music: Henry Purcell
Choreography: José Limón
Costume Design: Pauline Lawrence
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Premiere: August 17, 1949, José Limón Dance Company
PNB Premiere: November 12, 1986

Theme and Variations
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Scenic Design: Charlene Hall
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Premiere: November 26, 1947, Ballet Theatre (New York)
PNB Premiere: October 16, 1985

TICKET INFORMATION:
Money-saving full-season (six-show) subscriptions, starting at $166, go on sale beginning Monday, March 12. Subscriber benefits include free and easy ticket exchanges, discounts on additional single ticket purchases, pre-sale privileges for special performances, the opportunity to purchase pre-paid parking, 20% off PNB School Open dance classes for adults, discounts at local restaurants, and more. (Single tickets to the Jerome Robbins Festival, ALL PREMIERE, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® go on sale to the public on Friday, July 20; Single tickets to the rest of the season will become available at a later date.)

Subscriptions may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:
·         Phone: 206.441.2424
·         In Person: 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center
·         Online: PNB.org (beginning March 1.)

For information on discount offers including The Pointe, TeenTix, and Group Sales, visit PNB.org. While there, sign up on PNB’s email list, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Be among the first to learn about PNB news, casting and performance updates, ticket offers, and more.

PNB offers a variety of free or affordably-priced special events for most of its productions, including previews, conversations, lectures, and Q&As. For more information, visit PNB.org.

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