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All Premiere, November 2-3, 8-11

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Part One of the press release:




Featuring local premieres of works by Alejandro Cerrudo and Alexander Ekman, and a world premiere by Kyle Davis with music by Michael Giacchino

November 2 – 11, 2018

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

Seven Performances Only:

November 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm

November 3 at 2:00 pm

November 8 – 10 at 7:30 pm

November 11 at 1:00 pm


Seattle, WA  ALL PREMIERE, the first of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s three mixed-repertory programs during its 2018-19 season, brings a PNB premiere from Alejandro Cerrudo (creator of Little mortal jump); Alexander Ekman’s international hit Cacti; and a new work choreographed by PNB Company member Kyle Davis, featuring a score by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Up, Jurassic World, The Incredibles, etc.) ALL PREMIERE runs for seven performances only, November 2 through 11 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $30. For more information, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at 301 Mercer Street, or online at PNB.org.


The line-up for ALL PREMIERE will include:

World Premiere (title TBA)

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

The "Special Events" section of the press release:


Friday, October 26 at 5:00 PM

The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer St., Seattle

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. Tickets are $15. (Note: These events usually sell out in advance.)  Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.



Thursday, November 1 at 5:30 PM

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Join PNB Audience Education Manager Doug Fullington in conversation with choreographer Kyle Davis, composer Michael Giacchino, and PNB Music Director/Principal Conductor Emil de Cou during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. The conversation begins at 5:30 pm, followed by the dress rehearsal at 7:00 pm. Tickets ($30) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.



Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

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


Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Skip the post-show traffic and enjoy a Q&A with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers, immediately following each performance. FREE for ticketholders. (No Q&A on Friday, September 21.)


Friday, November 9

Join members of PNB’s Young Patrons Circle (YPC) in an exclusive lounge for complimentary wine and coffee before the show and at intermission. YPC is PNB’s social and educational group for ballet patrons ages 21 through 39. YPC members save on their subscriptions and additional tickets. For more info, visit PNB.org/YPC 

BALLET 101: Ballet Basics – Ballet in Form: Online Dance Education Resources

Saturday November 17, 3:00 pm

The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer St., Seattle

Discover more about ballet technique and instruction in our latest Ballet Basics session, a studio presentation by PNB School faculty member and former PNB Company soloist Marisa Albee, founder and producer of Ballet in Form, a new educational website from the professional ballet world. Ms. Albee will be joined by fellow faculty member and former New York City Ballet dancer Dana Hanson, with PNB School Professional Division students. This is the second of a four-part series exploring many facets of the ballet industry. Moderated by Audience Education Manager Doug Fullington. Tickets are $25 per session, or $75 subscription (four sessions for the price of three.) For more information, visit PNB.org.

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Here's a link to an article about Kyle Davis and his new work (as of yet untitled) in Seattle Magazine; it was part of their Fall Arts Preview:



Trusted collaborators Elizabeth Murphy, PNB principal dancer and leotard designer, and Reed Nakayama, stage electrician, are also involved; they’ll make Davis’ outpouring of ideas for costumes, sets and lighting practical: “Liz and Reed have always returned with an idea based on my initial thought, but far more interesting,” he says. “Once I finally shut up, it’s in their hands.”


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Peter Boal's pre-performance email is full of interesting info:

Dear Friends,

ALL PREMIERE opens this Friday with three works that are new to our stage. These three choreographers are the voices of a new generation. All three are under 40. Their work is distinct and arresting. Here a few facts about them and the program you may not know.

·        A Dark and Lonely Space is about the solar system and the birth of a planet.

·        Kyle Davis’ creative team includes composer Michael Giacchino, scenic and lighting designer Reed Nakayama and costume designer Elizabeth Murphy. Liz and Reed are engaged. Kyle and Liz met as teenagers during a summer course at The Rock School in Philadelphia. Their dorm rooms were across the hall.

·        Over 120 musicians will perform in Lonely Space, with 64 players in the pit, 60 singers in the side boxes and one soprano onstage in a 12’ long skirt.

·        Kyle played 22 musical instruments growing up and has conducted the PNB orchestra during the overture of Nutcracker.

·        Doug Fullington will make his conducting debut with PNB for Cacti.

·        Silent Ghost is the third work by Alejandro Cerrudo to enter the PNB repertoire. Elizabeth Murphy, James Moore, Leah Merchant, Angelica Generosa, Ezra Thomson, Steven Loch, and Price Suddarth have been in all three.

·        Alejandro is Resident Choreographer for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where he was also a dancer. In March we’ll see a premiere by Robyn Mineko Williams who danced alongside Alejandro for many years with Hubbard Street.

·        Alejandro’s wife Ana Lopez Garcia (currently a dancer with HSDC) coached Silent Ghost. Their daughter Lua (6 months) was also a regular presence in the studio.

·        Alexander Ekman’s Cacti is full of irreverence and surprise. Not to give anything away, but beware of the cat.

Hope you enjoy this eclectic mix.

See you at the ballet,


Congratulations to Elizabeth Murphy and Reed Nakayama :flowers:.

And I look forward to Doug Fullington's PNB conducting debut!

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More All Premiere info:

Casting is up for both weeks:


Link to downloadable spreadsheet:

All Premiere 2018_11_1.xlsx

Several debuts are scheduled for second weekend:

  • Amanda Morgan and Dylan Wald in "Cacti" -- Thursday, November 8; Sunday, November 11
  • James Moore and Ezra Thomson (role debut) in "A Dark and Lonely Space" -- Saturday, November 10; Sunday, November 11
  • Elle Macy and Steven Loch in "Silent Ghost" -- Friday, November 9.

A clip from "Silent Ghost":


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I LOVED Cacti!!!  It was like being on a ride at an amusement park - full of surprises and not knowing what was going to happen next but pretty sure it was going to be really fun!  And make you laugh!

Kyle’s piece I need to see again to fully digest.  There is a lot packed in there.  It is very interesting and I found the choreography pretty dense.  I was tired and not feeling well when I went, so I’m looking forward to seeing it again next weekend when I am fresh.  The Angela Sterling photos on the PNB FB page are so striking!

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