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From the press release announcement of the 2019 Season Encore program that honors Jonathan Porretta's and Rachel Foster's careers:

 

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS ITS 2018-2019

Season Encore Performance

Celebrating the careers of principal dancers Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta.

Featuring the world-famous PNB Orchestra.

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Sunday, June 9, 2019 – 6:30 pm

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

SEATTLE, WA –Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the line-up for the Company’s 2018-2019 Season Encore Performance, a crowd-pleasing reprise of some of PNB’s greatest hits. The evening celebrates the careers of PNB’s retiring principal dancers Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta. The program will feature PNB’s entire Company, along with the world-famous PNB Orchestra under the baton of Music Director/Principal Conductor Emil de Cou. Highlights of the evening will include Ms. Foster in Alejandro Cerrudo’s haunting Silent Ghost, and Mr. Porretta dancing the title role of George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son. Other selections for the evening include Matthew Neenan’s Bacchus, Christopher Wheeldon’sAfter the Rain pas de deux, and excerpts from Balanchine’s Theme & Variations, and Nacho Duato’s Rassemblement 

“Season Encore is a grand celebration of the entire Company,” said Mr. Boal. “This year’s performance will also shine a spotlight on two much-admired principal dancers who have helped to define repertoire from the last two decades at PNB. The list of roles performed by Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta is extensive and brimming with dear memories and extraordinary ovations. Rachel and Jonny have helped to select meaningful works for themselves, but also ballets that showcase all of their peers. It promises to be a night to remember.” 

PNB’s Season Encore Performance will be presented one night only, Sunday, June 9 at 6:30 pm at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. Tickets may be purchased exclusively through the PNB Box Office (206.441.2424, online at PNB.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.)

The line-up for the 2018-19 Season Encore Performance includes:

Theme & Variations (excerpt)

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust                       

Rassemblement (pas de deux)

Music: Toto Bissainthe

Choreography: Nacho Duato 

Bacchus

Music: Oliver Davis

Choreography: Matthew Neenan

 

After the Rain pas de deux

Music: Arvo Pärt

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon 

Silent Ghost

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

Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo

Prodigal Son

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

 

TICKET INFORMATION 

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2018-2019 Season Encore Performance will be performed one night only, Sunday, June 9 at 6:30 pm at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.

Tickets range in price from $37 to $189 (PNB subscribers receive 20% off) and may be purchased exclusively through the PNB Box Office. 

·         Phone - 206.441.2424*

·         In Person - 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center*

·         Online - PNB.org (24/7)

·         Subject to availability, tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to PNB show times at McCaw Hall. 

*For Box Office hours, visit PNB.org/Contact.

TeenTix members with valid membership ID may purchase day-of-show tickets, subject to availability, for $5. For more information, visit TeenTix.org.

Subject to availability, half-price rush tickets for students and senior citizens (65+) may be purchased in-person with valid ID, from 90 minutes prior to show time at the McCaw Hall box office.

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Trying to predict casting -- Foster will likely do the Wheeldon, and Porretta will reprise his performance of Prodigal.  Any other guesses?

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Rachel Foster danced in Silent Ghost, and Jonathan Porretta was in Rassamblement, but I can't tell from the program who danced the pdd, since four women, then four men, are listed in alphabetical order, and I don't remember it well enough.  If that's the program order, though, After the Rain pdd and Silent Ghost follow each other.

 

 

I hope there's a tribute to Larae Hascall, too.  She's retiring as head of the costume shop, but she also designed some very beautiful costumes during her tenure.

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17 hours ago, Helene said:

I hope there's a tribute to Larae Hascall, too.  She's retiring as head of the costume shop, but she also designed some very beautiful costumes during her tenure.

Oh yes, absolutely.  She's the guest for the Thursday evening Conversation on the 11th, before the dress rehearsal.  She's a very interesting speaker -- it should be a great session.

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On 4/6/2019 at 4:45 PM, sandik said:

Trying to predict casting -- Foster will likely do the Wheeldon, and Porretta will reprise his performance of Prodigal.  Any other guesses?

Not to sound snarky, but the press release states that Foster will dance Silent Ghost.  I agree it’s logical After the Rain is programmed for her.

Press release also confirms Porretta will dance title role of Prodigal Son.  My guess is that he will dance Rassemblement since that is listed as one of his lead roles on his online PNB bio.

I have no idea what those two might dance in T&V, maybe nothing at all so they can be rested for their featured pieces.

Maybe I’m reading too much into it but the announcement says the line up “includes” rather than something like “will be” so I wonder if something else might be added?

I thought Foster’s statement about her leaving and giving others opportunities for roles was really heartfelt and classy.  I don’t recall any of her predecessors saying anything like that.  Nothing against them, just makes her all the more special.

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So much for my reading comprehension...

I wouldn't guess either of them for T&V, especially since it's an excerpt.  PNB has done the beginning variations; that was part of Imler and Bold's farewell, and it just peters out when cut that way.  NYCB has done the pas de deux through the end with the big corps dance for galas, which is a lot more satisfying.  

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5 hours ago, seattle_dancer said:

Not to sound snarky, but the press release states that Foster will dance Silent Ghost.  I agree it’s logical After the Rain is programmed for her.

Press release also confirms Porretta will dance title role of Prodigal Son.  My guess is that he will dance Rassemblement since that is listed as one of his lead roles on his online PNB bio.

I have no idea what those two might dance in T&V, maybe nothing at all so they can be rested for their featured pieces.

Maybe I’m reading too much into it but the state says the line up “includes” rather than something like “will be” so I wonder if something else might be added?

I thought Foster’s statement about her leaving and giving others opportunities for roles was really heartfelt and classy.  I don’t recall any of her predecessors saying anything like that.  Nothing against them, just makes her all the more special.

Oh oops -- I skimmed when I should have read more slowly!

Honestly, I'm not sure that Porretta will do T&V if he's doing all of Prodigal -- that's such a grueling work.  (not to mention the Duato duet, if he does that as well) 

And yes, Foster's comments about making way for the next generation was truly generous.

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