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#31 sandik

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:14 PM

And I just want more of everything! I've been very interested in almost everything that Peter Boal has programmed -- I haven't liked all of it, but I've been glad to have seen almost all of it. But I do wish that we could also see more of the mixed rep work from the Stowell/Russell era (Tudor, Feld, Taylor, Christensen are a few). They are not radical choreographers, but they represent an important part of ballet history, and I think we understand contemporary work much more clearly when we have a good grounding in the path we took to get here.

Having said that, I'm particularly excited to see new work by Wheeldon and Morris, and am looking forward to the return of Agon and In the Upper Room...

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:59 PM

I do wish that we could also see more of the mixed rep work from the Stowell/Russell era (Tudor, Feld, Taylor, Christensen are a few).


I'm with you there! I'd trade maybe 30% of the Boal new-new stuff for some of these older, but still new, classics. OTOH, dare I say it, I can do without all but a few Stowell pieces.

Having said that, I'm particularly excited to see new work by Wheeldon and Morris, and am looking forward to the return of Agon and In the Upper Room...


Ditto...........ah, Agon and In the Upper Room.....2 of my most favorites of all time (in fact, Agon is my favorite ballet!)

#33 Helene

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:59 PM

Here's the official season notice:

Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces 40th Anniversary Line-Up
PNB Box Office Opens for 2012-2013 ticket sales on Monday, July 23
Special One-Week Offer: NO SERVICE FEES July 23 – 29!
(Nutcracker tickets on sale May 1)

September 2012 – June 2013
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center
Seattle, Washington

40th Season to feature six world premieres including works by Mark Morris and Christopher Wheeldon; Other highlights include the return of audience-favorites Cinderella, Roméo et Juliette and Swan Lake. (And Nutcracker, too!)

SEATTLE, WA – Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the confirmed line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Season, running from September 2012 through June, 2013. PNB opens its box office for 2012-2013 ticket sales on Monday, July 23. To celebrate, PNB is offering a special one-week money-saving deal: Pay no service fees on tickets purchased between July 23 and 29. (Or, don’t wait, and save even more by purchasing a season subscription now!)

“Pacific Northwest Ballet is a jewel in the crown of American ballet and a rightful source of Northwest pride,” said Mr. Boal in his announcement. “We’re celebrating this 40th Anniversary milestone by honoring our past and leaping forward with six new works by choreographers ranging from promising fledglings to the best in the business.

“We’ll recognize Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell’s unparalleled contribution to our organization (that is, unparalleled except, of course, by Founding Artistic Director Francia Russell) by kicking off our anniversary season with the return of his glorious Cinderella. Opening night 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.

“November brings four world premieres by Andrew Bartee, Kiyon Gaines, Margaret Mullin, and – the piece de resistance – the inimitable Mark Morris.

“Jean-Christophe Maillot’s intoxicating Roméo et Juliette returns in February after a four-year absence, followed by a program of modern masterpieces by George Balanchine (Concerto Barocco), Ulysses Dove (Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven) and Twyla Tharp (In the Upper Room), along with a world premiere by PNB Ballet Master Paul Gibson.

“Kent Stowell’s magnificent Swan Lake makes a welcome return to the stage in April, followed by a world premiere by Christopher Wheeldon, and Francia Russell’s crystalline staging of Balanchine’s seminal Agon. And we’ll close out the Ruby Anniversary with another Balanchine jewel, Diamonds. I hope you’ll join us for this stellar celebration season.”

Subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office, either by phone (206.441.2424), online (pnb.org) or in person at 301 Mercer Street. Subscriptions may be purchased now, and single tickets go on sale July 23. Discounted subscription rates are available for seniors, students, and children. All programming and dates are subject to change. For more information, visit pnb.org.

2012-2013 SEASON LINE-UP

Rep 1CINDERELLA
September 21 – 30, 2012

Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Scenic Design: Tony Straiges
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: Randal G. Chiarelli

Circus Polka (Opening Night only)
Music: Igor Stravinskly
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Judith Fugate


CELEBRATE SEATTLE
Sunday, September 30, 2012
(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

A special multi-media celebration of PNB’s 40th Anniversary and Seattle Center’s 50th Anniversary, featuring the PNB Orchestra and special guests.


Rep 2 – ALL PREMIERE
November 2 – 11, 2012

World Premiere
Music: Barrett Anspach
Choreography: Andrew Bartee
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

World Premiere
Music: Dan Coleman
Choreography: Margaret Mullin
Costume Design: Alexis Mondragon
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

World Premiere
Music: Paul Hindemith
Choreography: Mark Morris
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Michael Chybowski

World Premiere
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: Kiyon Gaines
Costume Design: Pauline Smith
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli


Stowell & Sendak NUTCRACKER
December 7 – 29, 2012
(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets go on sale May 1.)

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Scenic & Costume Design: Maurice Sendak
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

“There’s no surer cure for holiday humbugs than Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker.” — The Seattle Times

Nothing fills hearts with joyful magic quite like Pacific Northwest Ballet’s famous Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker at McCaw Hall. Praised by The New York Times as “original and exciting,” this marvelously imagined production, created by PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and author/illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), features over 200 roles danced by PNB’s professional dancers and students, gigantic moving sets, a snowfall every performance, and—the magical sound of the season—Tchaikovsky’s beloved score performed by the mighty PNB Orchestra.

“From the absolute charm of seeing all the adorable kids in velvet dresses and shiny shoes to the mouth dropping awe of the truly magnificent set, we were as swept away as the 8-year-olds. Nutcracker is all the good parts of Christmas…It's a great holiday date for couples, obviously a delight and treat for children and a wholly elegant way to deck the halls. It's never too late to start a tradition and we seriously suggest you go.”Seattlest.com


Rep 3ROMéO ET JULIETTE
February 1 – 10, 2013

Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Staging: Bernice Coppieters, Giovanna Lorenzoni, Gaby Baars
Scenic Design: Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Costume Design: Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting Design: Dominique Drillot


Rep 4 – MODERN MASTERPIECES
March 15 – 24, 2013

Concerto Barocco
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography: George Balanchine Posted Image The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Francia Russell
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven
Music: Arvo Pärt
Choreography: Ulysses Dove
Staging: Eva Safstrom
Scenic and Costume Design: Jorge Gallardo
Original Lighting Design: Björn Nilsson

In the Upper Room
Music: Philip Glass
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Staging: Stacy Caddell
Scenic Design: Santo Loquasto
Costume Design: Norma Kamali
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

World Premiere
Choreography: Paul Gibson


HANSEL & GRETEL
March 17 – 23, 2013
(Part of PNB’s “Family Matinees” subscription package. Call the PNB Box Office for details. Tickets to this event go on sale in early 2013.)

Music: Oscar Nedbal
Choreography: Bruce Wells
Scenic Design: Edith Whitsett
Costume Design: Pacific Northwest Ballet Costume Shop
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

This narrated, hour-long performance is danced by students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and is the perfect opportunity to introduce young children to the magic of live performance.


Rep 5SWAN LAKE
April 12 – 21, 2013

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Staging: Francia Russell (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov)
Scenic Design: Ming Cho Lee
Costume Design: Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli


REP 6 – DIRECTOR’S CHOICE
May 31 – June 9, 2013

Agon
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine Posted Image The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Francia Russell
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

World Premiere
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Diamonds
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine Posted Image The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Elyse Borne
Costume Design: Karinska
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley


SEASON ENCORE PERFORMANCE
June 9, 2013
(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2013.)

Pacific Northwest Ballet wraps up its 40th Anniversary season with the annual Season Encore Performance, a crowd-pleasing evening of some of the year’s greatest hits.

NEXT STEP
June 14, 2013
(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2013.)

32nd Annual PNB School Performance
June 15, 2013
Featuring Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields
(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2013.)


PNB ON TOUR
(Tour tickets not available through the PNB Box Office.)

July 6-8, 2012
Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds (July 1-10, 2012)
Spoleto, Italy

September 9-10, 2012
Guggenheim Museum Works & Process
New York, New York

October 11-14, 2012
Nevada Ballet Theatre
Las Vegas, Nevada

February 14-17, 2013
City Center Theatre
New York, New York

February 22-23
Royal Theatre
Victoria, British Columbia


TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 23. Pay no service fees on tickets purchased July 23 – 29. Money-saving season subscriptions are available now.

Tickets may be purchase through the PNB Box Office:
· Phone: 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 10am–5pm)
· In Person: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–5pm)
· Online: pnb.org (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
Tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street, subject to availability.

#34 sandik

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:37 PM

Glad to have this finally settled. The inclusion of Patricia Barker for the Stowell/Russell tribute program is a lovely idea. And I'm very interested to see the school kids in the Tharp!

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:58 PM

Single tickets went on sale today, and through 9 August, there will be no service charges.

More details here:
http://seattletimes....est_ballet.html

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 10:18 PM

The company has announced some guest performances for the 12-13 season. As well as the return of Patricia Barker, Marisa Albee, and Kimberly Davey during the first program of the season, a number of former company members will be appearing this year, along with one other guest.

Jeffrey Stanton and Olivier Wevers will both be performing as Herr Drosselmeier during the run of Nutcracker.
Noelani Pantastico and Lucien Postlewaite will return to their roles in Romeo et Juliette (date TBA) in February.
Ariana Lallone will return to her role as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel in March.
Louise Nadeau will perform as the Queen and Casey Herd will perform Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake in April (date TBA)
Wendy Whelan will dance in Agon in May/June (date TBA)

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:06 AM

I just bought tickets for me and my Grandma (her Christmas present) for PNB's performance here in Victoria in late February. It's so rare to ever get ballet tours in Victoria, so I'm quite excited, particularly for my Grandma who loves ballet but unlike myself, can't travel to see it anymore.

They're doing a mixed program of Agon, a pas de deux from Wheeldon's After the Rain (a piece I don't know), Apollo and Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun. (When ballet companies have come here before they've often had trouble with the small size of our two main theatres--both old vaudeville houses. The Kiev ballet came and did CInderella here when I was a teen in the 90s, and several dancers literally jumped into set pieces, or had other similar issues with spacing--so it's probably smart for PNB to do works without much corps work, or sets.)

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:28 AM

I just bought tickets for me and my Grandma (her Christmas present) for PNB's performance here in Victoria in late February. It's so rare to ever get ballet tours in Victoria, so I'm quite excited, particularly for my Grandma who loves ballet but unlike myself, can't travel to see it anymore.

They're doing a mixed program of Agon, a pas de deux from Wheeldon's After the Rain (a piece I don't know), Apollo and Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun. (When ballet companies have come here before they've often had trouble with the small size of our two main theatres--both old vaudeville houses. The Kiev ballet came and did CInderella here when I was a teen in the 90s, and several dancers literally jumped into set pieces, or had other similar issues with spacing--so it's probably smart for PNB to do works without much corps work, or sets.)


Touring along the west coast can be a tricky proposition (theater size is a significant issue in several places), and I think everyone here has seen a slacking-off of touring in their communities. I know that when Stowell and Russell were running PNB, their focus was on taking the entire company on the road -- they didn't really do many small group tours or run-outs in their tenure. Boal is responding to that part of his job in a different way, and the market for touring groups is different as well -- he's had more small groups on the road. I think you'll enjoy the program they're bringing your way -- the Wheeldon is the most contemporary of the works, but it meshes well with the Robbins -- they both have a contemplative point of view, although they are quite different. I'll be curious to hear what you think of the program and the company.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

The biggest traffic jam might come in "Agon", but it was first performed at City Center, which isn't a very big stage. The others should look fine in Victoria.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

I'll be sure to report. I'm a bit embarassed (and surprised) that I've never seen any Blanchine, or Robbins (outside of musical theatre--I loved the anniversay tour of West Side Story in the late 90s) in person. So I'm pretty excited. I only know Apollo and Robbins' Faun from the Jacques D'Amboise DVD (I know PNB like most companies does the final Balanchine edit of Apollo.) And I only know Agon and Rain from clips on youtube. I checked the tickets website, and the main floor is already nearly sold out, which I am really pleased with.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:40 AM

I'll be sure to report. I'm a bit embarassed (and surprised) that I've never seen any Blanchine, or Robbins


Then I'm extra glad you're seeing this program -- I think you'll really enjoy it.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:34 PM

(I know PNB like most companies does the final Balanchine edit of Apollo.)

That's only been since this past April, when Peter Boal decided to stage it. Until then, PNB performed the version staged by Francia Russell of the complete ballet.


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