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PNB dancers are back in the studio after summer break, and the company is heading to Vail International Dance Festival at the end of July.

On 23 July PNB presents a Vail Preview at the Phelps Center from 5:30-7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online for $25; subscribers must call the box office (206.441.2424) to purchase tickets at the $20 discounted price. It's general admission, chairs on bleachers in the large studio, Studio C.

Program Information for the Vail Preview:

2013 marks PNB’s fourth visit to the acclaimed Vail International Dance Festival in Vail, Colorado. This year, PNB is taking seven ballets by George Balanchine (Agon, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, and Serenade), Kent Stowell (Swan Lake Act II), and Christopher Wheeldon (After the Rain pas de deux and Tide Harmonic). Excerpts from a selection of these works will be featured in this studio preview rehearsal.

Program Information for Vail:

Opening Night-25th Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, July 28, 7:30 pm

Serenade (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine) plus performances by additional festival guest artists

Pacific Northwest Ballet, Monday, July 29, 7:30 pm

Tide Harmonic (Talbot/Wheeldon)
After the Rain pas de deux (Pärt/Wheeldon)
Swan Lake Act II (Tchaikovsky/Stowell after Ivanov)

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Balanchine in Black & White, Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 pm

Concerto Barocco (Bach/Balanchine)
Apollo (Stravinsky/Balanchine)
Agon (Stravinsky/Balanchine)

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PNB tweeted a "We Made It to Vail" photo:


Tuesday was the Vail Preview, held in the big studio at the Phelps Center. The dancers wore practice clothing, and the preview also served as a rehearsal: as soon as "Serenade" was over, the dancers went to another studio to receive notes. After a short break, we saw Terpsichore's solo, Apollo's last solo, and the pas de deux, after which we could see Peter Boal giving notes on the side of the studio, while Paul Gibson outlined what he wanted to review in "Tide Harmonic." The dancers marked through a section or two, and then ran it end-to-end.

We received a handout with the Vail casting:

28 July, Opening Night (PNB and other guest artists) -- Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater


Maria Chapman (debut, [Waltz Girl]), Lesley Rausch [Dark Angel], Carrie Imler [Russian Girl], Seth Orza [Waltz Guy], Batkhurel Bold [Fate Guy with feature demi-soloists] Lindsi Dec, Kylee Kitchens, Margaret Mullin, Elizabeth Murphy

29 July, Mixed Bill (PNB) -- Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

Tide Harmonic (Wheeldon/Talbot)

Lindsi Dec/Jerome Tisserand, Maria Chapman/Joshua Grant, Rachel Foster/James Moore, Laura Tisserand/Batkhurel Bold

After the Rain pas de deux (Wheeldon/Part)

Kylee Kitchens (debut), Seth Orza (debut)

Swan Lake, Act II

Odette: Lesley Rausch

Prince Siegfried: Karel Cruz

Benno: Jerome Tisserand

Baron von Rothbart: William Lin-Yee

Two Swans: Chelsea Adomaitis, Elizabeth Murphy

Pas de Trois: Chelsea Adomaitis, Kylee Kitchens, Elizabeth Murphy

Pas de Quatre: Leta Biasucci, Amanda Clark, Liora Neuville, Carli Samuelson

Monday, 29 July: Balanchine in Black & White (PNB) -- Vilar Center

Concerto Barocco

1st Violinist: Michael Jinsoo Lim; 2nd Violinist: Brittany Boulding; Pianist: Allan Dameron

Maria Chapman, Lesley Rausch, Batkhurel Bold

Chelsea Adomaitis, Jessika Anspach, Amanda Clark, Emma Love, Leah O'Connor, Sarah Pasch, Brittany Reid, Carli Samuelson


Apollo: Seth Orza

Terpsicore: Elizabeth Murphy

Calliope: Leah O'Connor

Polyhymnia: Carrie Imler


Chelsea Adomaitis, Kylee Kitchens, Elizabeth Murphy, Lesley Rausch

[Female Corps:] Jessika Anspach, Amanda Clark, Emma Love, Brittany Reid

Andrew Bartee, Batkhurel Bold, Price Suddarth, Jerome Tisserand

I assume Lesley Rausch and Batkhurel Bold will do the Pas de Deux, but I'm not sure who will do the male solo in first Pas de Trois or female solo in the Second Pas de Trois. This is the way the casting was broken down in the handout.

The corps for "Swan Lake" and "Serenade" isn't listed in the notes. It looked like a full corps (17) in the "Serenade" rehearsal. I counted 14 corps and soloists in other parts, and I think they were all in "Serenade"; in addition, I recognized Jahna Franziskonis, (I think) Elle Macy, and Angelica Generosa, which means the entire female corps is there. Without PD's, "Swan Lake" looks like it will have 16 or 18 swans, which is probably a good thing, given the wing limitations at Vail. The dancers were practicing how to negotiate their entrances and exits with the Vail stage in mind.

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PNB published a two-minute video tour led by James Moore. You can see how cold it was, and it was daytime. Towards the end, there are a few seconds of Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild rehearsing the Pas de Deux from "Stars and Stripes."

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