From the press release
PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET's 2005-2006 SEASON
REP I: Director's Choice - September 22 - 24, 29 - 30 & October 1 - 2, 2005 3 PNB Premieres!
Peter Boal's selection of works from three of the most important choreographers of the last 100 years. An introductory gift from PNB's new Artistic Director, Boal says "I want to give you a program to remember."
A new addition to PNB's repertory, Symphony in Three Movements' jazz-flavored score by Igor Stravinsky is propelled by the driving energy of a large ensemble cast in a George Balanchine work described as raw, unleashed and dangerous. Another splendid addition from the famous collaborators, Duo Concertante features two dancers reflecting and responding to each other and to the solo violinist and pianist who join them onstage. The third PNB premiere in this mixed repertory performance features one of Jerome Robbins most celebrated works, In the Night - a series of intimate pas de deux set to three Frederic Chopin nocturnes for solo piano. Plus, a stunning William Forsythe masterpiece, Artifact II, returns to PNB with its powerful configurations that redefine ballet for the modern age.
Pacific Northwest Ballet Opening Gala - Saturday, September 17, 2005
Sponsored by Citigroup Private Bank
Join the PNB family for this unforgettable evening as we proudly introduce new Artistic Director Peter Boal and offer our audience a preview of the 2005-2006 Season with excerpts from several PNB premieres including Diamonds pas de deux (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine), Red Angels (Einhorn/Dove), Duo Concertante (Stravinsky/Balanchine) and Symphony in Three Movements (Stravinsky/Balanchine). Tickets for PNB's Gala preview performance are $60 per guest and include a champagne reception at intermission. Performance tickets paired with a post-performance party are $120 per guest. Details on additional Gala opportunities, including the post-performance dinner and party, will be offered this spring. Tickets go on sale March 28 and are available through the PNB Box Office at (206) 441-2424 or online at www.pnb.org.
REP II: PNB Past, Present & Future - November 3 - 5 and 10 - 13, 2005 World Premiere!
Four treasures of music and dance reveal the remarkable diversity of PNB and present a sweeping view of our past, present and future.
Concerto Barocco, Balanchine's consummate visualization of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Double Violin Concerto" is impeccably staged by Francia Russell for the November repertory performance. Always a favorite, Jardi Tancat is Nacho Duato's signature work danced to haunting traditional Catalonian songs by Maria del Mar Bonet. Marco Goecke, one of today's most rapidly-rising young European choreographers, offers a thrilling glimpse of the future with a World Premiere, his first work for PNB. Kent Stowell's Hail to the Conquering Hero is a magisterial tribute to the baroque splendor of George Frideric Handel, featuring the Seattle Choral Company.
NUTCRACKER - November 25 - December 28, 2005
PNB's Nutcracker has been bringing friends and family together for 22 years. The brilliant original collaboration between Kent Stowell and world-famous children's author-illustrator, Maurice Sendak - Nutcracker's magical storybook world becomes more cherished with each visit. Season subscribers receive priority seating. Single tickets for Nutcracker go on sale to subscribers on March 28, 2005 and to the general public on July 25, 2005.
REP III: Valentine - February 2 - 4 and 9 - 12, 2006 All PNB Premieres!
Fall in love with PNB all over again with our red-hot Valentine of new works.
February's Valentine program is truly red-hot with four exciting PNB premieres. Ancient Airs and Dances, set to music by Ottorino Respighi, is choreographer Richard Tanner's great work that has been admired around the world. In it, Tanner's playful ensemble movements mirror the drama and joy of the familiar Respighi score with three powerful pas de deux. Richard Tanner was a member of New York City Ballet in the 1970s, began his career as a choreographer with two works for the Company in 1971 and premiered Ancient Airs and Dances in the Diamond Project series in 1992. Susan Marshall, praised by The New York Times as "one of the most significant choreographers working today," offers her riveting aerial duet, Kiss, set to music by Arvo P…rt. "The miracle of the piece is that it captures in concrete dance terms the almost palpable feeling of swimming in love, of being suspended in eternity..." (Oakland Tribune) Red Angels, Ulysses Dove's athletic work for four dancers is animated by an electric violin composition by Richard Einhorn. Nine Sinatra Songs, Tony-Award winning choreographer Twyla Tharp's wildly popular tribute to Frank Sinatra, features such recorded Sinatra favorites as "Strangers in the Night," "All the Way," "That's Life," "My Way" and "One for my Baby" with costuming by Oscar de la Renta and scenic design by Santo Loquasto.
REP IV: Points of View - March 16 - 18 & 22 - 26, 2006 World Premiere!
The artist's task is to reveal life as it has never before been seen. Two deeply thoughtful works from PNB's repertory and a world premiere offer unique points of view and lasting food for thought.
In this poignant evening of dance PNB presents the return of Val Caniparoli's The Bridge, a moving portrayal of the tragic Bosnian War lovers known as the 'Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo.' La Valse, George Balanchine's achingly beautiful portrait of societal decadence, staged for PNB by Francia Russell, unveils a ballroom gone mad where a white-gowned heroine is irresistibly drawn to the uninvited figure of Death. The always-provocative French-Canadian choreographer Dominique Dumais (Scripted in the Body, 2000) returns with a World Premiere created especially for PNB's brilliant and versatile dancers.
REP V: The Sleeping Beauty - April 13 - 15 & 20 - 23, 2006
See PNB's next generation of stars take on milestone roles in this beloved full-length story ballet choreographed by the internationally admired Ronald Hynd. Set to a ravishingly beautiful score by Tchaikovsky, with lavish costumes and sumptuous sets by Peter Docherty, The Sleeping Beauty reflects the grand traditions of the Royal Ballet and pays homage to the genius of Petipa and Tchaikovsky. Good vs. evil, fairies that really fly and an array of superb classical roles promise performances to be remembered happily-ever-after.
REP VI: Jewels - June 1 - 3 & 8 - 11, 2006 PNB Premiere!
Diamonds aren't always forever ~ there are only 8 performances of Balanchine's intricately musical, technically formidable and stylistically stunning triptych during PNB's 2-week presentation of George Balanchine's Jewels. Never before performed by PNB, the great choreographer animates the characters of three precious gems for a full-length celebration of ballet's multi-faceted traditions featuring "Emeralds" set to music by Gabriel Faur/, "Rubies" with a score by Igor Stravinsky and "Diamonds" set to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3.
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