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#1 Helene

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:21 PM

PNB just posted to Facebook, "Don Quixote photo shoot with principal dancers Carla Körbes and Karel Cruz in Studio B this morning!"

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:49 PM

Here is a video from a photo shoot with Carla Korbes and Karel Cruz; Angela Sterling is the photographer:



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Posted 04 January 2012 - 04:18 PM

Here's an interview with PNB Technical Director Norbert Herriges on Don Quixote in PNB's blog:
http://blog.pnb.org/...rview-with.html

Q: How large is this production of Don Quixote in terms of sets, backdrops, props, etc.?
A: The sets and props filled seven 40’ high cube containers; costumes filled another container. These are the large containers that you see at the port coming in on ocean-going ships. For most of our story ballets the stage is set to create between 1700-1800 square feet of dancing space. Don Quixote is so expansive that there will be 2200 square feet of dancing space. There was more lumber and building material used to construct this ballet than Coppelia, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty combined.The set and costumes together has been said to be of a value of $3,000,000.



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Posted 04 January 2012 - 04:20 PM

Here's the press release:

February 3, 4 and 9–11 at 7:30 pm
February 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 1:00 pm
February 12 at 7:00 pm
(Please note that all matinee begin at 1:00 pm)

SEATTLE, WA – Pacific Northwest Ballet is honored to present the American Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s spectacular, full-length Don Quixote. The largest production ever presented in PNB’s history, Don Q runs from February 3 through 12, 2012 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 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.

Ratmansky’s production, created for Dutch National Ballet in 2010, has been hailed as “the best version of this ballet…exciting and hot-blooded dance” (De Telegraaf). The immensely popular story ballet combines Ratmansky’s acclaimed Russian fluency with classical tradition, lush sets and costumes, Ludwig Minkus’ rousing score (featuring the mighty PNB Orchestra), and legendary technical feats. Don Q's bravura classical dances showcase soloist virtuosity as dramatically as its mime and humor reveal accomplished character players. At the center of the ballet’s passionate Castilian heart, Minkus' score endows each scene with rich atmosphere, deepened by Jérôme Kaplan’s (Roméo et Juliette) vibrant costumes and amber-washed sets. All elements combine with Ratmansky's innately expressive movement to treat theater-lovers of all ages to a breathtaking theatrical experience.

Brimming with wit and romance, Don Q follows Spain’s legendary hero Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, to the famed city of Barcelona on a quest for his dream lover, Dulcinea. Instead, he meets the high-spirited Kitri whose father would rather she marry a rich fool than the penniless but dashing Basilio. The couple takes flight and their adventures, reflected by the Don’s visions, fill the stage with teaming street life, the cadence of castanets and tambourines, flashing fans, and whirling matadors.

Emmy Award-winning actor Tom Skerritt (“Picket Fences”) – who, in addition to roles in such films as Top Gun, Alien and Steel Magnolias, played a former ballet dancer in the hit film The Turning Point -- makes his ballet debut in the lead role of Don Quixote. His devoted squire, Sancho Panza, will be played by Allen Galli, familiar to Seattle audiences from 30 years of appearances with every major local theatre company, including a previous stint as Sancho Panza in Village Theatre’s Man of La Mancha. (The roles of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza will be played by PNB ballet master Otto Neubert and principal dancer Jonathan Porretta, respectively, at the Saturday February 4 and 11 matinees, and the “Eyes On Dance” school performance.)

Don Quixote is the largest production in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s history. The production originally cost Dutch National Ballet $3 million to build, and will cost PNB $860,000 to premiere. Other factoids:
· Don Q is so expansive that it requires 2,200 square feet of dancing space on stage; most of PNB’s story ballets require just 1,700 – 1,800 square feet.
· Eight shipping containers were required to transport the elaborate sets and costumes from Amsterdam to Seattle.
· More lumber and other building materials were used to construct the ballet than were used to create PNB’s Coppélia, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty, combined.
· The production utilizes 280 costumes and props, including 47 wigs and hairpieces, requiring the work of eight hair and make-up artists at each performance. (PNB’s company is about half the size of Dutch National Ballet: Some dancers will change costumes up to five times in one performance.)
· The hats worn by the Torreadors are authentic matador hats made in Madrid.
· The masks for the six monsters in Don Q were made by a company that worked on the Lord of the Rings movies.

(For full Don Q program notes, click here or visit pnb.org.)

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:45 AM

Alexei Ratmansky leads a rehearsal of "Don Quixote", with some casting hints:



Carla Korbes
Rachel Foster
Laura Gilbreath (yellow), Kylee Kitchens (light blue), Lindsi Dec (black)
Maria Chapman (teal), Foster (Blue), Korbes (with tutu)

While he's speaking about 2/3 in, Sarah Ricard Orza is to his right, and I think that was Margaret Mullin to his left. Mullin suffered an injury right before the Princess Grace Award ceremony, and hopefully, this means she's back.

ETA: They're rehearsing the Dream Scene from Act II. In the HNB video, the roles would be Korbes=Kitri, Foster=Cupid, and Chapman=Queen of the Dryads. Gilbreath, Kitchens, and Dec are the three demi-soloists in the section before the jumping diagonals.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:33 AM

I did like his comment about the arms -- "giving all your love to the step."

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 02:40 PM

Here is a video from a photo shoot with Carla Korbes and Karel Cruz; Angela Sterling is the photographer:


I have no qualms whatsoever in declaring that Angela Sterling, Carla Korbes, Karel Cruz, and Alexei Ratmansky are all exceptional artists at the top of their game, but after having seen this show stopping video of a photo-shoot no less, I have to wonder if the videographer Lindsay Thomas hasn't almost surpassed them all. Remarkable!

P.S. It's her creative and dramatic editing that blows me away. (She always seems to match to the music.......even in those clips where the music isn't even from that ballet.)

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 02:52 PM

Gilbreath, Kitchens, and Dec are the three demi-soloists in the section before the jumping diagonals.


My favorite comment in this video is when Ratmansky stops the dance (at 0:54) commenting to the pianist (Christina Siemens) that the tempo is too fast for the dancers to do the steps properly -- indeed Ratmansky says that at that speed it is almost impossible to do......then Ratmansky goes on to say: "They did it actually."

One on my most beloved aspects of our PNB company is its speed (I smell the ghost of Mr B Posted Image........thanks Francia).

P.S.

While he's speaking about 2/3 in, Sarah Ricard Orza is to his right, and I think that was Margaret Mullin to his left


Yes, it's Margaret.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:09 PM

PNB just posted the TV ad spot to Facebook via YouTube -- the post says it will premiere during the Golden Globes broadcast -- with Rachel Foster as Kitri, Seth Orza as Basilio, Maria Chapman as Mercedes, and Batkhurel Bold as Espada. The Dream Scene went by too fast for me to identify the Queen of the Dryads (to the right) and Amor (in the middle). It also announces Tom Skerritt as Don Quixote.



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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:32 PM

A reminder that in addition to the regular subscription performances, there are three additional non-subscription performances on

Sunday, 5 February at 1pm
Saturday, 11 February at 1pm
Sunday, 12 February at 7pm

Also, please note that all matinee performances, including the first Saturday subscription performance on 4 February (usually 2pm), start at 1pm .

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:09 PM

PNB just posted the TV ad spot to Facebook via YouTube


Interesting how they used footage from some previous performance (Dutch National Ballet, I presume) to show the scenery and wide angle scenes, but then superimposed images of PNB dancers in full costume on top of that footage to give the impression that this promo was shot on the PNB stage with all PNB dancers (which is, of course, impossible at this early phase of the process).

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 07:57 PM

Here is a video from a photo shoot with Carla Korbes and Karel Cruz; Angela Sterling is the photographer:


I have no qualms whatsoever in declaring that Angela Sterling, Carla Korbes, Karel Cruz, and Alexei Ratmansky are all exceptional artists at the top of their game, but after having seen this show stopping video of a photo-shoot no less, I have to wonder if the videographer Lindsay Thomas hasn't almost surpassed them all. Remarkable!

P.S. It's her creative and dramatic editing that blows me away. (She always seems to match to the music.......even in those clips where the music isn't even from that ballet.)


She showed her film of the Ochoa Cylindrical Shadows at a local dance film festival -- it looks even better on a large screen!

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:13 PM

Interesting how they used footage from some previous performance (Dutch National Ballet, I presume) to show the scenery and wide angle scenes, but then superimposed images of PNB dancers in full costume on top of that footage to give the impression that this promo was shot on the PNB stage with all PNB dancers (which is, of course, impossible at this early phase of the process).

That certainly explains the long shot of the Dream Scene.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:35 AM

Here's the latest video, "PNB's 'Don Quixote' by the numbers", which, among other things, lists the five principal Kitri/Basilio combinations:

Kaori Nakamura/Lucien Postlewaite
Carrie Imler/Batkhurel Bold
Rachel Foster/Seth Orza
Carla Korbes/Karel Cruz
Lesley Rausch/Jerome Tisserand

There's also footage of Bold as Espada and Maria Chapman as Mercedes (also in the TV promo spot).



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Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:34 AM

I wonder who the "stager-like" person, dressed in black, at the very beginning of the clip, is? Spanish dancing coach, perhaps?

I was glad to see Ezra Thomson and Jessika Anspach partnered up in the corps.......these 2 always command my attention.


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