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Jewels: September 26-27; October 2-6


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#1 Helene

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:50 PM

Peter Boal just tweeted:

 

Violette, Mimi, Suzanne, Jacques and Edward all coaching PNB dancers for September revival of #jewels @PNBallet @McCawHall

 

and:

 

#Firstlook @PNBallet opening night benefit w/Guest of Honor @EdwardVillella just sold out. Invites haven't even dropped yet. #jewels #gopnb

 

 

First Look info



#2 pherank

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:51 AM

Sounds great - I hope the coaching sessions are being filmed for posterity. I'm very glad to hear that 'Edward' is being given work.



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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:01 AM

It does sound fantastic and tempting, too. I may just have to make a trip to see it.



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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:46 AM

How wonderful to have the original Jewels dancers coach today's dancers in this! (Villella did this in Miami, too) I'd love to see these performances.



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Posted 18 July 2014 - 12:13 PM

We had Verdy and Paul here a few years ago, to work on Jewels, and there was a public session with some brief interviews -- here's hoping we get that again!



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Posted 18 July 2014 - 12:33 PM

And look what showed up in the email, just after I posted the wish above:

 

Jewels Coaching Series (Studio Presentations)

Diamonds, featuring Jacques d’Amboise

Wednesday, August 20, 5:30 pm

 

Emeralds, featuring Violette Verdy and Mimi Paul

Thursday, September 11, 5:30 pm

 

Rubies, featuring Edward Villella

Monday, September 22, 5:30 pm

 

Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal has invited the original interpreters of George Balanchine’s Jewels to coach PNB dancers for the Company’s revival of the 1967 masterpiece. Join these esteemed artists in the studio for a series of coaching sessions on the iconic roles Balanchine made for them.

 

Villella is also the guest for the dress rehearsal lecture/interview on September 25.



#7 pherank

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 12:42 PM

smile.png Anyone who can, should go.

 

Not so suprisingly, no Farrell though. But I imagine she was invited too.



#8 Helene

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 01:16 PM

Fantastic news!



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 04:42 AM

The studio presentations are now on their website as well, with tickets set at 25 USD. 

 

Given that I can probably only go to one of these presentations, which one would you recommend? 

 

(I hear brains exploding at the dilemma already.)



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 02:20 PM

Well, Verdy and Paul have been here before, although I don't think they'll be working with any of the same cast they had previously, but nonetheless, I think they might be the furthest along just because they're familiar with the company.  As far as a choice goes, though -- if it were me, I'd either choose the section I love the best, so that I'd love it even more, or the one I knew the least well, so I could learn more.

 

Your mileage may vary...



#11 Helene

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 04:12 PM

On the other hand, it's a public presentation, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Verdy back with Korbes.  Just a guess. 

 

Here's a link to sandik's thoughts on the 2009 performance she saw, including information about Mimi Paul's coaching section:

http://balletalert.i...29-27/?p=241666

 

Also, kfw quoted part of a blog post by Peter Boal on Verdy's coaching; unfortunately, the domain was abandoned, and we only have the quote left:

http://balletalert.i...29-27/?p=242982

 

Doug Fullington posted about the stagers who came in 2006, when PNB first produced "Jewels:"

http://balletalert.i...views/?p=182833

 

I posted a description of the Q&A in which Jonathan Porretta discussed how he learned the Villella role in "Rubies" and Peter Boal talked about Elyse Borne's work on the staging (scroll to "A few notes from the Q&A:"):

http://balletalert.i...age-2?hl=jewels

 

For the last PNB "Jewels" we only have a (now dead) link to the cast lists, but from the programs I have and the reviews on the 2009 Jewels thread, first, it was such a jolt to see how many dancers are no longer with the company -- Nadeau and Vinson in the Verdy role, Wevers in the Ludlow role, and Lallone and Stanton in the Paul and Moncion roles in "Emeralds;" Lowenberg, Vinson, Spell,  Eames, and Thomas in the Pas de Trois  -- along with about-to-be or by-then new mothers Kitchens and Foster -- Thomas, Eames, and Weese in the McBride role, Wevers amd Postlewaite in the Villella role, Lallone as Tall Girl, and Kerollis, Pacitti, Spell, Bartee, and Sar as the male corps in "Rubies;" Vinson, Milov, and Nakamura in "Diamonds", and corps members Brunson, Duge, Relic, Reshef, Stallman, Pankevitch, and Rollofson in other corps roles. Nakamura did the McBride role in 2006 and 2007, and Pantastico did the McBride role in 2007.

 

The dancers who are still in the company and not on maternity leave (with the role in parentheses) are:

 

Emeralds:  Carla Korbes (Verdy), Karel Cruz (Moncion), Sarah Orza/Jerome Tisserand (Paul/Moncion couple), (fingers crossed) Maria Chapman (Paul), and Pas de Trois dancers Seth Orza, Sarah Orza, and Benjamin Griffiths.

 

Rubies:  Laura Gilbreath, Lindsi Dec, and Carrie Imler (Tall Girl), Jonathan Porretta (Villella), Eric Hipolito Jr. and Kiyon Gaines in the male corps

 

Diamonds:  Carla Korbes, Laura Gilbreath, and Carrie Imler (Farrell) and Batkhurel Bold and Seth Orza (d'Amboise)



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 02:33 PM

Here's the press release:

“Simple and complex, thought-provoking and crowd-pleasing, deeply traditional and utterly modern, [an] affirmation of Balanchine’s genius.” – New York Times

SEATTLE, WA- Pacific Northwest Ballet raises the velvet curtain on its 2014-2015 season with George Balanchine’s Jewels ™. Costumed in emerald green, ruby red and luminous white, the trio of gems in Jewels pays tribute to golden ages of music and dance.Evoking the birthplace of Romantic ballet, Emeraldsgraceful clouds of tulle whisper French courtesy, fashion, and fragrance. A sassy, jazzy collaboration with composer Igor Stravinsky, Rubies mirrors the carefree spontaneity of America, Balanchine’s beloved adopted country. The splendor of Diamonds recalls the great choreographer’s heritage, so that “if the entre Imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence” (Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp). Jewels runs from September 26 through October 5 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets and more information are available through the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, 206.441.2424, or online at PNB.org.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

Music:Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Elyse Borne
Costume Design: Karinska
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
Premiere: April 13, 1967; New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: June 1, 2006 (Rubies premiere: February 3, 1988)

Emeraldsis a romantic evocation of France, the birthplace of classical ballet. It is also Balanchine’s comment of the French school of dancing and its rich heritage. With a score by Gabriel Fauré and dancers dressed in Romantic-length tutus, Emeralds can also be a window on the nostalgia inherent in much late 19th-century art, with its idealized view of the Middle Ages, chivalry, and courtly love. Balanchine considered Emeralds “an evocation of France – the France of elegance, comfort, dress and perfume.”

Rubiesis considered the American jewel, with its Jazz Age score by Igor Stravinsky, stylized flapper costumes by Karinska, and Balanchine’s choreography in his sophisticated mode. A saucy leading couple plays and competes as equals, and a second, siren-like ballerina takes on the men of the corps de ballet, requiring all four of them to partner her at once.

Diamonds is Balanchine’s homage to his native St. Petersburg. Echoes of Petipa’s Swan Lake and Raymonda abound, and the centerpiece of the ballet is an intimate pas de deux, potent in its chivalrous reserve, for the ballerina and her cavalier. At its end, the entire cast joins the principal couple for a gloriously spirited polonaise.

 

PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s Jewels was made possible by Bob & Cynthia Benson and Peter & Peggy Horvitz. Media support for Jewels is provided by The Seattle Times and KOMO 4. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2014-2015 Season is proudly sponsored by ArtsFund and Microsoft Corporation.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 02:36 PM

Part two of the press release:

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

JEWELS COACHING SERIES (Studio Presentations)
Diamonds, featuring Jacques d’Amboise: Wednesday, August 20, 5:30 pm
Emeralds, featuring Violette Verdy and Mimi Paul: Thursday, September 11, 5:30 pm
Rubies, featuring Edward Villella: Monday, September 22, 5:30 pm

 

PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal has invited the original interpreters of George Balanchine’s Jewels to coach PNB dancers for the Company’s revival of the 1967 masterpiece. Join these esteemed artists in the studio for a series of coaching sessions on the iconic roles Balanchine made for them.

FRIDAY PREVIEWS
Friday, September 19, 6:00pm
The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle

 

Join us for an hour-long preview led by Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB artistic staff, featuring PNB dancers rehearsing excerpts from Jewels.PNB’s popular Friday Previews offer an up-close view of the Company preparing to put dance on stage. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office. (These events usually sell out.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.

BALLET PREVIEW — FREE
Tuesday, September 23, 12:00 noon
Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

 

Join PNB for a free lunch-hour preview lecture at the Central Seattle Public Library. Education Programs
Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about Jewels, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.

 

PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL
Thursday, September 25, 2014
6:00 pm Lecture, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
7:00 pm Dress Rehearsal, McCaw Hall

 

Join Artistic Director Peter Boal and special guest Edward Villella during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal to discuss PNB’s production ofJewels. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets ($12 lecture; $30 lecture and dress rehearsal) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.

FIRST LOOK, PNB’s Opening Gala
Friday, September 26, 4:30 pm
McCaw Hall

 

Join PNB for the opening performance of its 2014-15 season with George Balanchine’s Jewels, featuring Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds. Walk the emerald carpet at an exclusive cocktail party before being whisked backstage for an elegant black tie dinner. After the opening performance of Jewels, the party continues with a Rubies-inspired onstage after-party with music, entertainment, dancing, drinks, and desserts. Pre-performance dinner starts at $350 per guest (includes onstage after-party and valet parking).  First Look after-party tickets start at $45 (performance tickets sold separately).  HSBC is the Title Sponsor of First Look.  Additional sponsors include The Boeing Company, Lane Powell, PJ Hummel & Co., and Seattle Met. To purchase tickets, contact Special Events at 206.441.2429 or events@PNB.org.

Pre-Performance Lectures

 

Join Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington for a 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design and the process of bringing Jewels to the stage. One hour before performances. FREE for ticketholders.

Post-Performance Q&A

 

Skip the post-show traffic and enjoy a Q&A with PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal and Company dancers, immediately following each performance in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall. FREE for ticketholders.



#14 pherank

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 02:14 PM

A recent email from PNB states, "PNB dancers Laura Tisserand and Karel Cruz, along with Peter Boal, traveled to Washington DC where Laura and Karel were coached by Suzanne Farrell in Diamonds. Laura, who first met Ms. Farrell as a 14-year-old ballet student, reflects on the experience on the PNB Blog. Read it here!"
 



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 03:13 PM

Thanks for posting. She quotes Farrell saying "you have to be fascinating before you have even done anything..." That is certainly what Farrell herself was like...




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