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2018-19 season Pacific Northwest Ballet

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I haven't seen a press release yet, but this was in a display ad in today's (Sunday) Seattle Times.

September 21-29

Jerome Robbins Festival

            Week 1

            Circus Polka

            In the Night

            Afternoon of a Faun

            Other Dances (PNB premiere)

            West Side Story Suite

 

            Week 2

            Circus Polka

            Dances at a Gathering

            The Concert

 

November 2-11

All Premiere

            New Kyle Davis (world premiere)

            Silent Ghost (PNB premiere)

            Cacti (PNB premiere)

 

November 23-December 28

            Nutcracker

 

February 1-10

            Sleeping Beauty

 

March 15-24

Director’s Choice

            New Mineko Williams (world premiere)

            New Matthew Neenan (world premiere)

            In the Countenance of Kings (PNB premiere)

 

April 12-21

            A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

May 31-June 9

Themes and Variations

            Signature

            Tarantella

            The Moor’s Pavane

            Theme and Variations

 

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The above is copied directly from the ad, which doesn't include full information about each work.

In the November program, Silent Ghost is by Alejandro Cerrudo, originally for Hubbard Street, and Cacti is the Boston Ballet production of Alexander Eckman.  In the March program, Mineko Williams is actually Robyn Mineko Williams, who has worked most recently for Hubbard Street.  In the Countenance of Kings is by Justin Peck, originally for San Francisco.  And in the May/June program, Signature is Price Suddarth's work for the company from a couple years ago.

So we get Sleeping Beauty and Midsummer back, but Giselle is still in the back room.  I'm sorry that they weren't able to bring the Limon back while Bold was still with the company -- he did a wonderful job in that role.

With Carrie Imler retired, I'm curious to see who steps into Titania and Hippolyta in Midsummer.  Looking at the recent performances of Swan Lake, I think there are all kinds of possibilities for Puck from Moore, Loch, Thomson, Griffiths, and Davis. 

And Boal has said that he feels Theme and Variations needs a very specific set of qualities, so I'm curious to see who gets tagged for those parts.

At any rate, there are some very interesting choices here -- let the speculation begin!

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The new season is also on their web site: https://www.pnb.org/season/18-19/

Disappointed they aren't bringing back that Giselle reconstruction -- a lot of time has passed, but I wonder if they might still do it some day.

Very pleased to see Justin Peck's In the Countenance of Kings, which he made for San Francisco Ballet in 2016. I saw it in the SFB 2017 season and loved it.

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Oh, I'm pretty sure that Giselle will return -- they have quite a lot of time and resources invested in that production.

I'm looking forward to the Peck -- with that, and the other two works they have in the rep, I think it's likely they'll do an "All Peck" program at some point.  And as Peck's star continues to rise in general, that's a good thing for PNB.

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Here were the photos to count down to the announcement:

Six days -- Sarah Ricard Orza:

 

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Five days -- Elle Macy and Dylan Wald:

 

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Three days -- Sarah Gabrielle Ryan:

 

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One day -- Marie and her Prince:

 

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Thanks for this -- I'd missed it in the social media stream.

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There’s a new perk for full season subscribers!  Free exchanges between reps!!!  Previously one could only exchange within a rep.  That’s nice if you are traveling, are very sick. or have some other unfortunate circumstance.

I bought a San Francisco Ballet CYO subscription this year and they charge $10 for exchanges.  I find that very annoying in comparison to how subscribers are treated at PNB.

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I hadn't noticed that -- it would be a very popular option!

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Five days -- Elle Macy and Dylan Wald

Now THAT'S a pair I love to see more of!

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The press release is out. I'm going to break it up into multiple parts, with a reiteration that renewals and new full-season subscriptions are open:

 

Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces 2018-2019 Season Line-Up.

PNB Box Office is now taking orders for renewals and new full-season subscriptions.

Season packages start at $114; Full-season subscriptions start at $166.

46th season to include a first-of-its-kind Jerome Robbins Festival featuring two programs in alternating repertory; the return of audience favorites The Sleeping Beauty and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; world premieres from choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams, Matthew Neenan, and Company member Kyle Davis; PNB premieres by Alejandro Cerrudo, Alexander Ekman, and Justin Peck; and works George Balanchine, José Limón, and Price Suddarth. (And, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.)

September 2018 – June 2019

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, Washington

March 12, 2018, SEATTLE, WA— Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 46th season, running from September, 2018 to June, 2019. Highlights include two programs of works by Jerome Robbins, presented in alternating repertory, in celebration of the legendary choreographer’s centennial; world premieres by Matthew Neenan, Robyn Mineko Williams, and Company member Kyle Davis; the return of classic and crowd-pleasing story ballets The Sleeping Beauty and A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and PNB premieres by Alejandro Cerrudo (Silent Ghost), Alexander Ekman (Cacti), and Justin Peck (In the Countenance of Kings). The line-up concludes with the return of works by George Balanchine, José Limón, and Price Suddarth. For family audiences, PNB is bringing back its popular matinee production of Pinocchio (performed by students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School) and, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

“The scope of this season is tremendous,” said Mr. Boal. “It offers the magnificence of classical ballet and the innovative new direction of dance as interpreted by today’s finest choreographers. Repertory comes from as far away as St. Petersburg in 1890 and from the McCaw Hall stage in 2018. And our Jerome Robbins Festival, with two programs, seven ballets, and loads of extras, makes this the must-see event of the fall. Join us for all of it.”

PNB will begin accepting season subscription renewals and new full-season subscription orders on Monday, March 12, and subscribers will have access to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale to the general public; tickets to the Jerome Robbins Festival, ALL PREMIERE, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, go on sale to the public on Friday, July 20; Single tickets to the rest of the season will become available at a later date. For further information, contact the PNB Box Office by phone at 206.441.2424, online at PNB.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street. Discounted subscription rates are available for senior citizens and students with ID. All programming and dates are subject to change. For more information, visit PNB.org.

2018-2019 SEASON LINE-UP (programming subject to change):

First Look Gala

Friday, September 21, 2018

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets go on sale July 20.)

Celebrate the opening of PNB’s 46th season with a glamorous pre-performance cocktail party, an elegant backstage dinner, and an electrifying onstage dance party after the performance! (Performance tickets sold separately.)

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Part two:

Rep 1 – JEROME ROBBINS FESTIVAL

September 21 – 29, 2018

In celebration of Jerome Robbins’ centennial, Artistic Director Peter Boal’s selection of seven iconic works by the legendary choreographer fills PNB’s stage for two weeks in alternating repertory. The performance schedule is designed to give audiences the opportunity to immerse themselves in the genius of Robbins.

Program A: September 21, 22 (matinee) and 29 (evening)

Circus Polka

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Staging: Judith Fugate

Premiere: June 21, 1972, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: September 16, 2006

In the Night

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Costume Design: Anthony Dowell

Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

Premiere: January 29, 1970, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: September 22, 2005

Afternoon of a Faun

Music: Claude Debussy

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Staging: Bart Cook

Scenic and Lighting Design: Jean Rosenthal

Costume Design: Irene Sharaff

Premiere: May 14, 1953, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: May 11, 1978 (NYCB staging); restaged November 4, 2011

Other Dances (PNB Premiere)

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Staging: Isabelle Guérin

Costume Design: Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

Premiere: May 9, 1976, Gala benefit for New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts

West Side Story Suite

Music: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Choreography: Jerome Robbins and Peter Genarro

Staging: Robert LaFosse and Jenifer Ringer

Vocal Coaching: Joan Barber

Scenic Design: Oliver Smith

Costume Design: Irene Sharaff

Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

Premiere: May 18, 1995, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: March 12, 2009

Program B: September 22 (evening), 27, 28 and 29 (matinee)

Circus Polka

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Dances at a Gathering

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Staging: Jared Angle and Jenifer Ringer

Costume Design: Joe Eula

Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

Premiere: May 22, 1969, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: May 28, 2009 

The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody)

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Staging: Judith Fugate

Scenic Design: Edward Gorey

Costume Design: Irene Sharaff

Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

Premiere: March 6, 1956, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: September 15, 2007

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Rep 2 – ALL PREMIERE

November 2 – 11, 2018

The first of this season’s three mixed-repertory programs brings a PNB premiere from Alejandro Cerrudo (Little mortal jump), Alexander Ekman’s international hit Cacti, and a new work created by PNB soloist Kyle Davis.

World Premiere

Music: Michael Giacchino

Choreography: Kyle Davis

Scenic and Lighting Design: Reed Nakayama

Costume Design: Elizabeth Murphy 

Silent Ghost (PNB Premiere)

Music: Dustin Hamman, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm

Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo

Staging: Pablo Piantino

Costume Design: Branimira Ivanova

Lighting Design: Michael Korsch

Premiere: July 10, 2015, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Cacti (PNB Premiere)

Music: Franz Josef Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert

Choreography: Alexander Ekman

Staging: Ana Lucaciu

Scenic and Costume Design: Alexander Ekman

Lighting Design: Tom Visser

Premiere: February 25, 2010, Nederlands Dans Theater 2

 

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® [non-subscription]

November 23 – December 28, 2018

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets go on sale July 20.)

The Northwest’s favorite holiday tradition! PNB’s production of the iconic Balanchine ballet features sets and costumes designed by children’s author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig).

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Judith Fugate, with Peter Boal and Garielle Whittle

Scenic & Costume Design: Ian Falconer

Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Original Lev Ivanov Production Premiere: December 6, 1892, Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg

Balanchine Production Premiere: February 2, 1954, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: November 27, 2015

 

Rep 3  The Sleeping Beauty

February 1 – 10, 2019

Don’t miss the kiss! Ronald Hynd’s magnificent full-length classic returns to the McCaw Hall stage as a perfect lead-in to Valentine’s Day. Breathtaking technique, opulent sets, and lavish costumes are joined by Tchaikovsky’s treasured score to create a happily-ever-after treat for all ages.

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Ronald Hynd (after Marius Petipa)

Staging: Ronald Hynd, Annette Page, Amanda Eyles

Scenic and Costume Design: Peter Docherty

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Original Production Premiere: January 15, 1890, Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg

Hynd Production Premiere: 1993, English National Ballet

PNB Premiere: February 1, 2001

 

Rep 4 – DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

March 15 – 24, 2019

Peter Boal’s popular program of seasonal selections, handpicked to introduce PNB audiences to dance-makers who are evolving the art form.

World Premiere

Music: Kyle Vegter

Choreography: Robyn Mineko Williams 

World Premiere

Choreography: Matthew Neenan 

In the Countenance of Kings (PNB Premiere)

Music: Sufjan Stevens

Choreography: Justin Peck

Staging: Felipe Diaz

Costume Design: Ellen Warren

Lighting Design: Brandon Stirling Baker

Premiere: April 7, 2016, San Francisco Ballet

Pinocchio [non-subscription]

March 17 – 23, 2019 (Part of PNB’s “Family Matinees” series. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

Featuring students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School.

The classic tale of a puppet who yearns to be a real boy is presented as a narrated ballet for family audiences. Pinocchio is danced by students of PNB School in an hour-long matinee performance for children and families.

Music: Nicola Piovani and Amilcare Ponchielli

Choreography: Bruce Wells

Staging: Michele Curtis

Scenic Design: Edith Whitsett

Costume Design: Pacific Northwest Ballet Costume Shop

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Rep 5  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 12 – 21, 2019

Set deep in a lush Northwest-inspired forest, PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s comic tale of romantic confusion – charms all who wander into its enchanted realm.

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Francia Russell

Scenic and Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: January 17, 1962, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: May 16, 1985; new production May 27, 1997  

 

REP 6 – THEMES & VARIATIONS

May 31 – June 9, 2019

PNB’s final mixed bill of the season promises intriguing variety. Balanchine’s Theme and Variation represents the height of classical elegance, while his Tarantella pas de deux dazzles with virtuoso fun. Jose Limon’s masterpiece The Moor’s Pavane – a distillation of Shakespeare’sOthello – casts a powerful spell. The line-up is completed by the return of Price Suddarth’s electric Signature.

 

Signature

Music: Barret Anspach

Choreography: Price Suddarth

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: November 6, 2015, Pacific Northwest Ballet 

Tarantella

Music: Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: January 7, 1964, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: January 31, 1985

The Moor’s Pavane

Music: Henry Purcell

Choreography: José Limón

Costume Design: Pauline Lawrence

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: August 17, 1949, José Limón Dance Company

PNB Premiere: November 12, 1986

Theme and Variations

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Scenic Design: Charlene Hall

Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: November 26, 1947, Ballet Theatre (New York)

PNB Premiere: October 16, 1985

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SEASON ENCORE PERFORMANCE

Sunday, June 9, 2019

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2019.)

 

NEXT STEP Choreographers’ Showcase

Friday, June 14, 2019

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2019.)

 

38th Annual PNB School Performances

Saturday, June 15, 2019

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2019.)

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Money-saving full-season (six-show) subscriptions, starting at $166, go on sale beginning Monday, March 12. Subscriber benefits include free and easy ticket exchanges, discounts on additional single ticket purchases, pre-sale privileges for special performances, the opportunity to purchase pre-paid parking, 20% off PNB School Open dance classes for adults, discounts at local restaurants, and more. (Single tickets to the Jerome Robbins Festival, ALL PREMIERE, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® go on sale to the public on Friday, July 20; Single tickets to the rest of the season will become available at a later date.)

 

Subscriptions may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

·         Phone: 206.441.2424

·         In Person: 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

·         Online: PNB.org (beginning March 1.)

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