My perennial wish -- Kurt Jooss' The Green Table. Like many of the hybrid works that Peter Boal has been adding to the Pacific Northwest Ballet repertory, this was made for a group that was skilled in both ballet and modern dance techniques, and it was a very popular work in the Ballet Jooss rep. But I know it through the Joffrey's various productions -- they came through Seattle frequently in the 70s when I first started paying attention (nothing like playing your home town!) and it was often in their repertory.
Death is often the trickiest part to cast in this work, but right now PNB has a couple of dancers who would do an excellent job. Likewise the Partisan Woman can be a challenge with its grounded power, but I think we would have that covered as well.
Death: Bakthurel Bold or Karel Cruz I used to just have Bold on this list, but Cruz has become much more powerful in the last couple years. He's always had a nice flow to his work, but he's added a more impactful quality -- this role would be an excellent fit now.
Profiteer: Jonathan Porretta should move heaven and earth to do this part somewhere. The combination of quick and sharp actions with a kind of sinuous underpinning, and a deeply theatrical character seem made for him. Alongside Porretta, I'd like to see Andrew Bartee and Kiyon Gaines get a chance with this -- I think it would really strengthen the work that they seem to be doing.
Standard Bearer: I always thought that Jeff Stanton would do well here -- he had a very sincere quality as a performer that would underline the inspirational nature of this part. Now that he's retired I think Benjamin Griffiths needs to dance this. His direct quality would work well here. Coming from a different place, Seth Orza could also do an excellent job with this, but for him, it would play to his more athletic qualities -- he would make the struggle very clear.
Young Lovers: Ok, this is the officially sappy part of my cast list. Thinking about some of the couples in the company, I say let's go for the sweet thing and have them step in here. Emma Love Suddarth and Price Suddarth both have a grounded quality that would help them with this choreography, Seth and Sarah Orza would also look great here. (and she would be very affecting in the scene with Death) I'd worry a bit about Laura and Jerome Tisserand, only because the young woman needs to appear frail in her work with Death and with the Profiteer, but after seeing L Tisserand and Porretta in the Tharp earlier this season, I think she could make a convincing character. (the fact that this isn't on pointe helps a bit with that)
Old Woman: Either Carla Korbes or Kaori Nakamura could muster the sense of delicacy that this part needs. Looking further than that, Liora Neuville and Brittany Reid could extend their skills in this part.
Partisan Woman: Now that I've had my "Imler Should Dance Myrtha" wish fulfilled, it's time to move on to my "Imler Should Dance Partisan Woman" wish. I think Alastair Macaulay really hit it square on when he said that she dances with "vivifying force" and that quality is essential for this part -- the character must convince us that her cause is worth dying for. The tiny bit of choreography I learned several years ago just makes me more convinced that this would be an excellent role for her. Lately it's looked like Margaret Mullin is getting some of the same assignments that Imler has, and they do share a certain kind of assertiveness that would make Partisan Woman a great challenge for Mullin at this point in her development. Rachel Foster has proved that she's willing to jump head first into these kind of roles -- she's on my list here as well.