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Meany Hall just announced their 14-15 season, and Lyon Opera Ballet is bringing their production of Forsythe's Steptext April 16-18 -- with PNB's Forsythe evening in March we'll have a nice big helping from that repertory!

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Oh excellent -- I've been reading the NYT article covering his coaching session at Boston Ballet and hoping we could have the same experience here.

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Season press release just out -- alongside the performances themselves they list a wide variety of lectures, rehearsals, and other fun stuff! As listed in the release:

Jacob’s Pillow Preview (Studio Presentation)

Thursday, July 31, 5:30 pm

Pacific Northwest Ballet returns to historic Jacob’s Pillow with a mixed bill—including David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin, Nacho Duato’s Rassemblement, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Before After, and Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less—plus a one-off performance of Molissa Fenley’s State of Darkness.

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.

Wolf Trap Preview (Studio Presentation)

Thursday, August 21, 6:00 pm

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts has commissioned a new work from Andrew Bartee, former PNB dancer and PNB School student which was filmed in Olympic National Park in April 2014. The Company will offer a single performing at Wolf Trap on August 27 and will preview it in Seattle at this studio presentation.

Joyce Theater Preview (Studio Presentation)

Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 pm

Pacific Northwest Ballet returns to New York’s Joyce Theater with a mixed bill, including Christopher Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Memory Glow, and a preview of Justin Peck’s new work that will have its Seattle premiere in November’s DIRECTOR’S CHOICE program.

Being Don Quixote: A Conversation with Tom Skerritt & Guests (Seminar)

Saturday, January 24 @ 3:00-4:30 PM

A panel discussion featuring actors Tom Skerritt and Allen Galli with PNB Company dancers.

William Forsythe On Stage (Lecture-Demonstration)

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 pm

McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Hear from iconic choreographer William Forsythe as he rehearses PNB Company dancers on stage at McCaw Hall in his own works.

PNB Lecture Series & Dress Rehearsal

McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Jewels – Edward Villella

Thursday, September 25


Thursday, November 6

Don Quixote – Panel Discussion

January 29


Thursday, March 12

Swan Lake – Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 9

Carmina Burana – Alexei Ratmansky (Concerto DSCH)

Thursday, May 28

PNB’s Lecture Series offers in-depth discussions with choreographers, stagers, designers, dancers, and other artists that reveal much about the creative process involved in the development of a ballet. Guests may attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. (Tickets $12 lecture only; $30 lecture and dress rehearsal.)

Friday Previews


September 19

Don Quixote

January 23


March 6

Carmina Burana

May 15

PNB’s popular Friday Previews are hour-long studio rehearsals hosted by Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB artistic staff, featuring Company dancers rehearsing excerpts from upcoming ballets. These events usually sell out in advance. Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.

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Two offers for subscribers:

1. Order single tickets for the 2014-15 season (20% off) and "Nutcracker" (15% off) using the subscriber promo code for 2015 before they go on sale to the general public next Monday, 21 July,


2. Using the same code, no fees through 30 31 July* on single ticket orders.

Usually, the per-order fee is $8.

*clarified on Facebook:


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Single tickets for the entire PNB season are on sale now. Subscribers still get free processing through 31 July with the subscriber promo code for 2015, which was sent out in email last week.

Please note: all Saturday matinees for "Don Quixote" and "Swan Lake" (subscription and non-subscription) begin at 1pm.

Non-subscription performances, where there is great seat selection, are:

Don Quixote (second weekend):

  • Saturday, February 7, 1pm matinee
  • Sunday, February 8, 7pm (note earlier-than-usual start)

Swan Lake (second weekend)

  • Saturday, April 18, 1pm matinee

Also, Bruce Wells' superb "Snow White," danced by the PNB School, which runs two weekends in March, is also on sale:

  • Sunday, March 15 at 12:30pm and 3:30pm
  • Friday, March 20 at 10:30am (Student Matinee)
  • Saturday, March 21 at 3:30pm
  • Sunday, March 22 at 4:30pm (no "Buy" link on the website)

Special Presentations:

There are three "Jewels" presentations: for those wanting to see all three, there is a package deal that is only available from the box office over the phone (206.441.2424). The price is the cost of two tickets instead of three ($40 for subscribers, $50 for non-subscribers).

Tickets to individual Special Presentations are also available on sale through the PNB website:

  • Wednesday, August 20 @ 5:30-7:00 PM (Studio C, Phelps Center): Jewels Coaching Series- Diamonds, featuring Jacques d’Amboise
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014; 6:00-7:00 pm (Studio C, Phelps Center): Wolf Trap Preview (piece by Andrew Bartee)
  • Thursday, September 11 @ 5:30-7:00 PM (Studio C, Phelps Center): Jewels Coaching Series-Emeralds, featuring Violette Verdy and Mimi Paul
  • Monday, September 22 @ 5:30-7:00 PM (Studio C, Phelps Center): Jewels Coaching Series-Rubies, featuring Edward Villella
  • Tuesday, September 30 @ 5:30-7:00 pm (Studio C, Phelps Center): New York Tour Preview (selections from "Tide Harmonic," "Memory Glow," Justin Peck's new work)
  • Saturday, January 24 @ 3:00-4:30 pm (Board Room, Phelps Center): Being Don Quixote: A Conversation with Tom Skerritt
  • Wednesday, March 11 @ 6:30-8:00 pm (McCaw Hall): William Forsythe Onstage (lec-demo)

Tickets for Friday Previews can be purchased here:

  • September 19: Jewels
  • January 23: Don Quixote
  • March 6: The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe
  • May 15: Carmina Burana

Tickets for the Lecture Series (one hour before dress rehearsal) can be purchased here:


  • September 25: Edward Villella
  • November 6: Justin Peck
  • January 29: Don Quixote panel discussion
  • March 12: William Forsythe
  • April 9: Swan Lake panel discussion
  • May 28: Alexei Ratmansky

Free events are:

  • Pre-performance lectures before each performance (Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, McCaw Hall)
  • Post-performance Q&A's after each performance except after "Nutcracker," "Don Quixote," and "Swan Lake" (Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, McCaw Hall)
  • Previews by Doug Fullington at the Seattle Central Public Library (Microsoft Auditorium), 12-1pm
    • September 23: Jewels
    • January 27: Don Quixote
    • March 10: The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe
    • April 7: Swan Lake
    • May 26: Carmina Burana

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Did they drop The Moor's Pavane from the Carmina Burana/Concerto DSCH triple bill? I no longer see it listed at PNB's Web site.

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Yes. I was surprised to see "Carmina Burana" paired with two other works in the first place, because while there's no intermission, it's very long and usually preceeded by one, which is now the plan.

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