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2019-20 Season

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Renewals are up on the PNB website, and early renewal information showed up in my mailbox today.  This is what the brochure reveals:


Program 1 (September 2019):

  • Agon (Balanchine/Stravinsky)
  • Carmina Burana (Stowell/Orff)

Please note: Opening night on Friday, September 27 starts at 6:30pm.

Program 2 (November 2019)

No details yet.


Program 3 (February 2020):

  • Cinderella (Stowell/Prokofiev) -- Ten performances -- and the gorgeous costumes are by Martin Pakledinaz

Program 4 (March 2020)

Program 5 (April 2020)

  • Giselle (PNB recreation/Adam) :flowers:

Program 6 (May-June 2020)

  • Plot Point (Pite/Hermann)
  • Premiere (Liang/TBA)
  • Waiting for the Station (Tharp/Toussaint)
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Re: Program 1 Agon is timed with the one year anniversary of the passing of Arthur Mitchell.  I hope PNB will have audience education and tributes to his life and career.  

Re: Program 5 Giselle.  It’s about time!!!  I’ve been waiting and waiting for five years; next year it will be six!  How come no mention of how many performances like Cinderella?  I guess they don’t know yet.  😕


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The extra matinee dates should be available for the April/"Giselle" rep; the PNB School show generally uses extra matinee slots during the March rep.

Nothing was mentioned about the November program: were it to be a full-length or full-evening, like "Jewels," I think they'd have touted that in the printed materials.  

According to a Hubbard Street brochure, "One Thousand Pieces" is 90 minutes long with one intermission, so while an early evening, I'm not sure Giselle is much longer.

I'm glad to see the Stowell "Cinderella" on the schedule.  I was afraid that the Maillot was a permanent replacement.

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Below is a link to the season video trailer; the comments list the full season, including four works not previously disclosed:

In March 2020, Cerrudo's One Thousand Pieces is paired with the return of Dawson's Empire Noir.  It was the opener for its PNB premiere because of how long it took to put up the set.  If performed in this order, it could be a combo of figuring out how to cut down the time it takes to put up with a single intermission for the program.

The November 2019 program is called "Locally Made," with three World Premieres by Eva Stone, Donald Byrd, and Miles Pertl.


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Here's the press release:

Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces 2019-2020 Season Line-Up.

47th season to include the return of audience favorites Carmina Burana, Cinderella and Giselle; world premieres from Donald Byrd, Edwaard Liang, Miles Pertl, and Eva Stone; the PNB premiere of a major work by Alejandro Cerrudo; and works by George Balanchine, David Dawson, Crystal Pite, and Twyla Tharp. (And, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.)                                                                                                                                                                                          

PNB Box Office is now taking orders for renewals and new full-season subscriptions. Season packages start at $122; Full-season subscriptions start at $178. Nutcracker and season single tickets to go on sale July 22.

September 2019 – June 2020

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Seattle, Washington

March 6, 2019, SEATTLE, WA— Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 47th season, running from September, 2019 to June, 2020. Highlights include George Balanchine’s masterful Agon on a double-bill with Kent Stowell’s powerhouse production of Carmina Burana; world premieres by local choreographers Donald Byrd, Eva Stone, and Miles Pertl; the return of classic and crowd-pleasing story ballets Cinderella and Giselle; and the PNB premiere of One Thousand Pieces, a large-scale work by Alejandro Cerrudo, accompanying David Dawson’s enthralling Empire Noir. The line-up concludes with the return of works by Crystal Pite and Twyla Tharp, with a world premiere from Edwaard Liang. For family audiences, PNB is also presenting a new production of Beauty and the Beast (performed by students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School) and, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

PNB is currently accepting season subscription renewals and new full-season subscription orders, and subscribers will have access to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale to the general public; single tickets to the season, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, go on sale to the public on Monday, July 22. 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.

2019-2020 SEASON LINE-UP (programming subject to change) 


September 27 – October 6, 2019

To open the season, Carmina Burana’s 2,500-pound golden wheel rotates above more than 100 dancers, musicians, and singers in Kent Stowell’s powerhouse production, paired with Agon, the pinnacle of George Balanchine’s legendary collaboration with Igor Stravinsky. 


Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Francia Russell

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: December 1, 1957, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: March 30, 1993 

Carmina Burana

Music: Carl Orff

Choreography: Kent Stowell

Scenic Design: Ming Cho Lee

Costume Design: Theoni V. Aldredge, additional costumes by Larae Theige Hascall

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: October 5, 1993, Pacific Northwest Ballet



November 8 – 17, 2019

PNB turns with pride to local talent for a triple bill of new works. Donald Byrd, artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater and a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer, shares the program with Eva Stone, founder/producer of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work; and PNB company dancer Miles Pertl, taking his first choreographic turn on the mainstage following creations for NEXT STEP and PNB School. 

World Premiere

Music: Nadia Boulanger, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann

Choreography: Eva Stone

Costume Design: Melanie Burgess

Lighting Design: Amiya Brown


World Premiere

Music: Emmanuel Witzthum

Choreography: Donald Byrd                                            

Costume Design: Doris Black

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli


World Premiere

Music: Cosmo Sheldrake

Choreography: Miles Pertl

Scenic Design: Eli Lara, Sydney M. Pertl, and Max Badger Woodring

Costume Design: Patrick Stovall

Lighting Design: Reed Nakayama


George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

November 29 – December 28, 2019

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets go on sale July 22.)

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  Cinderella

January 31 – February 9, 2020

PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell’s Cinderella combines storytelling, choreography, Prokofiev’s haunting score, and superb costume and scenic design, to transport the lonely heroine from her wistful fireside dreams to a dazzling palace ball. There, Cinderella and her prince shimmer like diamonds at the center of a scarlet-clad waltz in one of PNB’s most spectacular scenes.

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Kent Stowell

Staging: Kent Stowell and Francia Russell

Scenic Design: Tony Straiges

Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: May 31, 1994, Pacific Northwest Ballet



March 13 – 22, 2020

The rapidly-expanding Seattle fan base for Alejandro Cerrudo (Little mortal jump, Silent Ghost) eagerly anticipates PNB’s premiere of One Thousand Pieces, a large-scale ensemble work inspired by artist Marc Chagall. The double bill also includes David Dawson’s (A Million Kisses to my Skin) powerfully athletic Empire Noir, set against a massive, curving sculpture. 

Empire Noir

Music: Greg Haines

Choreography: David Dawson

Staging: Rebecca Gladstone

Scenic Design: John Otto

Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima

Lighting Design: Bert Dalhuysen

Premiere: June 17, 2015, Dutch National Ballet

PNB Premiere: March 17, 2017 

One Thousand Pieces (PNB Premiere)

Music: Philip Glass

Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo

Staging: Ana Lopez, Pablo Piantino

Scenic and Costume Design: Thomas Mika

Lighting Design: Michael Korsch

Premiere: October 18, 2012, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago


Beauty and the Beast (PNB Premiere)

March 15 – 22, 2020 (Part of PNB’s “Family Matinees” series. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

Featuring students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School.

Fall in love with the celebrated fairy tale all over again with this narrated matinee production designed for younger audience members. Danced by students of PNB School,Beauty and the Beast tells the enchanting tale of adventure, unlikely friendships, and the power of true love.

Music: Léo Delibes

Concept and Choreography: Bruce Wells     

Scenic Design: Ryan Sbaratta

Costume Design: Atlanta Ballet Costume Shop

Lighting Design: Joseph R. Walls

Family Matinee Ballet Master: Michele Curtis


Rep 5  Giselle

April 10 – 19, 2020

Giselle, the story of young woman who dies of a broken heart, is famous for the Wilis – a sisterhood of ghostly maidens who call Giselle’s spirit from the grave to take revenge on the nobleman who betrayed her. This is Giselle’s first return since PNB’s acclaimed production received magnificent new sets and costumes in 2014. 

Libretto: Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier

Music: Adolphe Adam

Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa, with additional choreography by Peter Boal

Staging: Peter Boal

Choreography Reconstruction: Doug Fullington

Historical Adviser: Marian Smith     

Scenic and Costume Design: Jerome Kaplan

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Original Production Premiere: June 28, 1841, Ballet du Theatre de l’Academie Royale de Musique (Paris)

Petipa Production Premiere: February 5, 1884, Imperial Ballet (St. Petersburg)

PNB Premiere: June 3, 2011; new production May 30, 2014   



May 29 – June 7, 2020

PNB’s season-closer features the return of Crystal Pite’s (Emergence) Plot Point, which held audiences spellbound in Hitchcock-inspired suspense during its 2017 PNB premiere; alongside Twyla Tharp’s Waiting at the Station, set to Allen Toussaint’s irresistible R&B-meets-jazz score. A new work by choreographer Edwaard Liang completes the triple bill.                         

World Premiere

Music: Oliver Davis (new commission)

Choreography: Edwaard Liang 

Plot Point

Music: Bernard Herrmann, with additional sound design by Owen Belton

Choreography: Crystal Pite

Staging: Sandra Marin Garcia

Scenic Design: Jay Gower Taylor

Costume Design: Nancy Bryant

Lighting Design: Alan Brodie

Premiere: April 22, 2010, Nederlands Dans Theater

PNB Premiere: November 3, 2017

Waiting at the Station

Music: Allen Toussaint

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Staging: Kiyon Gaines

Scenic and Costume Design: Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Premiere: September 27, 2013, Pacific Northwest Ballet



Sunday, June 7, 2020

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2020.) 


NEXT STEP: Outside/In Choreographers’ Showcase

Friday, June 12, 2020

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2020.)


39th Annual PNB School Performances

Saturday, June 13, 2020

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2020.)

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Very glad to see Giselle coming back, and Agon -- it's been awhile for each of these, and I imagine there will a number of debuts.  We'll get a double dose of Stowell with his Carmina and Cinderella.  Cinderella is some of his best original work, and Carmina is extra popular with audiences.  The Dawson/Cerrudo bill should be an interesting balancing act.  Hubbard Street seems to dance it as a stand-alone program.  I remember the hubbub when it was premiered, it's a big work, but the Dawson is so intense that it may be a case of too much.  True, though, with a single intermission, they'll have a chance to move the Dawson to the closing spot if they think it will read best there.

With one big staging and four altogether new works, it's going to be a busy time.

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Agon has been my favorite ballet for many years. So glad to be able to see it again. Last time they did it, Leslie Rausch just blew me away. Somehow her impressive musicality even extended to these essentially impossible to count rhythms.......Stravinsky must sit on her shoulder. I get all excited when I think of our "even-more-accomplished-and-polished-dancers-since-last-time" doing it. For example, imagining Elle Macy in Agon makes me swoon.

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