Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:03 PM
Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:20 PM
Could someone with a subscription please post when they get their mail, and let the rest of us know what we're looking forward to?
Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:20 AM
Renew by April 21 and pay no price increases!
The Anniversary Season will be an incredible year-long celebration of our past with a bold look to the future. Highlights of the season include:
- An All Stravinsky program, featuring Francia Russell’s quintessential staging of Agon
- The return of Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake
- An All World Premiere program, featuring a commission by Mark Morris
- Jean-Christophe Maillot’s stunning Roméo et Juliette
- Exciting guest artists throughout the season
Fifteen seconds later, and I'm already casting these few tidbits in my mind.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:34 PM
But the other hints are so tempting. All world-premier -- we get a new Morris (made for us!) and I think the new piece by Andrew Bartee that he announced during the Don Q Q/A, but what else?
All-Stravinsky? Agon, yes, and we'll be happy to have it back, but what else? Probably not Apollo, since they're doing it this year (though that would be great). I imagine we might get the Fenley choreography to Rite of Spring again (State of Darkness), especially since Rachel Foster is dancing that kind of work so well. The other options, if we're being frugal and only programming from existing rep on the PNB website, include Circus Polka , Divertimento from Baiser de la Fee, Duo Concertant, Rubies, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Symphony in Three Movements. It would be great to see Baiser again so soon -- it got some fabulous performances this year, and Rubies is always a stalwart. Violin Concerto hasn't been performed for quite some time, so I don't know what it would take to bring it back. I think they've only done Symphony in Three Movements once before, but I still remember Imler and Porretta in it, covering almost half the stage in those big assembles.
[tangentially, I was curious to see the works that are no longer listed in their repertory. No Stowell/Stravinsky, so no Dumbarton Oaks or Firebird or Ragtime, Robbins' The Cage, Glen Tetley's Rite of Spring, which would have made a fascinating match with the Fenley, and I'm probably missing some off the top of my head. I appreciate the fact that they want their web list to reflect what the company is today, but I wish there was a space for a list of older repertory, or (dare I ask) a list of previous performances...]
And guest artists -- what a wild card those will be!
Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:37 PM
Robbins' "The Cage" is one the company could do so well: it's a shame it's not in the rep. (It would have been great to see it last season, right before "Giselle".) It was Jonathan Porretta's amazing performances in Glen Tetley's "Rite of Spring" that convinced The Powers That Be to find the money to give him a well-deserved promotion.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:06 AM
What sandik is asking for is a list of works that PNB has performed that have been removed from this list, like "The Cage", Tetley's "Rite of Spring", and Tudor's "Dark Elegies", which I saw the company perform.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:12 PM
Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:31 PM
What sandik is asking for is a list of works that PNB has performed that have been removed from this list
Ah, I see. Sorry, to misunderstand.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 05:07 PM
Celebrate with PNB as we honor our past with Swan Lake, Agon, and Roméo et Juliette and leap forward with six new works by choreographers ranging from promising newcomers to the best in the business (Kiyon Gaines, Paul Gibson, Mark Morris, and Christopher Wheeldon, to name a few!).
It's felt like forever since Paul Gibson's last work: as Ballet Master he's been the Master Scheduler and indispensable to the company, but I'm glad to see he's making a new work. It will be interesting to see what Wheeldon makes directly on the company. The older works that Boal has acquired have been wonderful; Wheeldon's most recent work has gotten mixed reviews, and it's different to commission than to select, but he's always worth watching. (Edited to add: see below.)
The email also says that the full announcement will be in this Sunday's "Seattle Times" and on the PNB website on Monday.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 05:19 PM
Posted 09 March 2012 - 07:25 PM
Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:53 PM
It just occurred to me that "new work" might be new to the company, not the world.
Well, we know that the Morris will be altogether new, and it's pretty sure that the Gibson and Gaines works will be likewise -- so it's Wheeldon that might be the wildcard. The gods know he's made a lot of dances, and I'd be fine with a restaging, but new new would certainly be exciting.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 10:50 AM
Highlights, in addition to the previously announced ballets:
- Mark Morris' new ballet will be dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair, but not related to it
- Twyla Tharp will be Artist in Residence for up to eight weeks and will create a new work to be premiered in Fall 2013
- The September 2012 (opening) program will be a tribute to Francia Russell ("Agon" staging) and Kent Stowell ("Firebird" choreography)
- The March program will be Balanchine's "Concerto Barocco", Dove's "Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven", and Tharp's "In the Upper Room"
- The June program will be "All Tchaikovsky", with the world premiere of a new Wheeldon ballet, and Balanchine's "Allegro Brillante", "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux", and "Diamonds"
- Company members Andrew Bartee and Margaret Mullin will also choreograph new works. It isn't spelled out that they will be on the same program as the Gaines* and Gibson works, but, counting programs, that's the only slot left, usually November.
There are also five tours tentatively scheduled, due to a grant from Raisbeck Engineering and James & Sherry Raisbeck, and they include:
- Maillot's "Romeo et Juliette" at City Center
- Spoleto Festival (Italy)
- Las Vegas
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