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NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN Friday June 14 6-7:30pm (OUT) and 7:30-9:30pm (IN)

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From the press release:


It’s baaaack!

Pacific Northwest Ballet and PNB School present


It’s a party in our backyard: PNB’s annual choreographic showcase features new works onstage and outside, including free performances on the Seattle Center campus!

One Night Only!

Friday, June 14, 2019

OUTSIDE, 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Free!

IN, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: All seats only $25!
In and around Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

SEATTLE, WA  NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s innovative annual choreographers’ showcase, returns for its annual one-night-only outing on Friday, June 14, with original danceworks bursting out of McCaw Hall and onto the grounds of Seattle Center! The festival of new dance works will feature a cornucopia of choreography created in collaboration with the Seattle dance community in addition to the traditional premieres of works produced by PNB company dancers. NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN will be presented one night only, Friday, June 14 around the Seattle Center campus and inside Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street. Admission to the IN portion of the evening is ridiculously bargain-priced at only $25 and includes admittance to the onstage performances and a post-show Q&A with the choreographers. Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office, 206.441.2424 or PNB.org.                                                                                                    

The evening begins OUTSIDE at 6:00 pm with free, rotating performances of five new danceworks: A solo dance created by Christopher D’Ariano and performed by PNB soloist Elle Macy; A piece choreographed by Mark Haim, set on PNB principal dancer Noelani Pantastico with six student dancers from the PNB School; 7Seven7 featuring work choreographed and performed by the students of PNB’s New Voices: Choreography and Process for Young Women in Dance, under the direction of Eva L. Stone; A work by Dammiel Cruz, performed by REACH Student Dance Group (a partnership between PNB and Spectrum Dance Theatre); and a major extravaganza in Seattle Center’s International Fountain choreographed by Ron Gatsby and performed by the dancers of Purple Lemonade Collective. Food trucks and carts from C. Davis Texas BBQ, Frankie & Jo’s, and Taqueria La Original will add to the OUTSIDEfestivities.

The shindig then moves into McCaw Hall at 7:30 for the IN portion of the evening, with six premieres by PNB choreographers Nancy Casciano, Christopher D’Ariano, Steven Loch, Amanda Morgan, Sarah Pasch, and Calista Ruat, all set on the Professional Division student dancers of PNB School – the dance stars of tomorrow, on stage today.

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NEXT STEP is PNB’s choreographic initiative that provides dancers, studio space, and rehearsal time for company members who wish to hone their skills of choreography. It was originally conceived by Artistic Director Peter Boal as a strategy to develop emerging choreographic talent, and as a channel for Professional Division students from Pacific Northwest Ballet School (talented young artists one step away from their professional careers) to participate in the creation of a new work. NEXT STEP is managed by former PNB soloist and current PNB faculty member, stager, and choreographer Kiyon Ross.

In 2018, PNB took the collaborative performance even further, by expanding NEXT STEP into an indoor/outdoor event that combines free performances and a festival atmosphere in addition to the traditional paid performance. NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN will feature collaborations within the Seattle dance community, performances by student dancers, new opportunities for emerging artists, and possible surprises around every corner, both within and outside McCaw Hall. It’s an ideal way to kick off the weekend! 

NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN is a Community Created Event sponsored by Seattle Center Productions, and made possible with generous support from The Wallace Foundation. Special thanks to Talking Rain, and media sponsor The Evergrey. 

All NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE pieces will be performed multiple times beginning at 6:00 pm. (Performance times listed below are approximate.) The OUTSIDE line-up will include:

 7Seven7 (“Triple Seven”)

Music by Meredith Monk

Choreography by PNB School’s New Voices: Choreography and Process for Young Women in Dance

Directed by Eva L. Stone

Danced by Samone Alberts, Noelle Anches, Emerson Boll, Maia Breslin, Sarah Brooks, Lucy Carlin, Tori Chapman, Kylie Chu, Gracie Galvin, Elena Hamblin, Clara Kang-Crosby, Kaili Kitamura, Makena Lung, Adeline Medverd, Isabelle Rookstool, Alice Rupp, Ashleigh Steedman, Audrey Stuck, and Bayley Walker.

Performed at the Kreielsheimer Promenade Fountain

6:00, 6:35, 6:55 



Music by Philip Glass

Choreography by Christopher D’Ariano

Danced by Elle Macy

Performed on the Kreielsheimer Promenade

6:10, 6:30, 6:50, 7:15



Music by Franz Schubert

Choreography by Mark Haim

Danced by Noelani Pantastico with PNB School Level III students Liza Bromley, Sarah Hiciano, Sara Rajpathak, Sasha Smith, Vivian Wang, and Milaana Willis

Performed on the Exhibition Hall Lawn

6:15, 6:45, 7:00, 7:20


Innocent Unity

Music by Lizzo & Caroline Smith

Choreography by Dammiel Cruz

Danced by REACH Student Dance Group (Zella Brown, Lila Duckett, Andres Dunne-Loper, Zev Fort, Dennis Fresenius, Elise Hueffed, Riley Mason, Ava Montejano, Hannah Mouza, Liana Owen, Amaya Singam, and Lily Vonderlage.)

Performed adjacent to the International Fountain

6:10, 6:30, 6:50, 7:10



Music by Fela Kuti and Dawn Richard

Choreography by Ron Gatsby

Dancers: Purple Lemonade Collective

Co-Artistic Directors Ron Gatsby and Kristen Puckhaber

Jada Brown-Williams, William Dean, Alex Evans, Andres Felipe, Marcus Fon, Ryan Foster, Cesar Genis, Emmy Gockel, Mishka Griffin, Braidon Hobzeck, Bianca K, Sarah Kendal, Jon Kim, Kianna Lewis, Jakob Lonher, Sylvia Okafor, Ebo Quansah, Jenna Summerfield, Kiesha Vaughan, Cione White

Performed at Seattle Center’s International Fountain

6:00, 6:35, 7:00



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NEXT STEP: IN begins at 7:30 pm. All works will be danced by PNB School Professional Division students. The IN line-up will include:


Circles & Triangles

Music by Michael Torke

Choreography by Nancy Casciano

The premiere of Nancy Casciano’s Circles & Triangles is generously underwritten by PNB’s Young Patrons Circle.



Music by Thomas Nickell and Fiona Stocks-Lyons

Choreography by Christopher D’Ariano

The premiere of Christopher D’Ariano’s Timebomb is generously underwritten by Jon Conte and Connie & Tom Walsh.



Music by Avi Lasser and Garrett Overcash

Choreography by Steven Loch

The premiere of Steven Loch’s Duality is generously underwritten by Sue Buske.


The Argument

Music by Gabriel Prokofiev, Edith Piaf

Original Script by Amanda Morgan, produced by Avi Lasser

Choreography by Amanda Morgan

The premiere of Amanda Morgan’s The Argument is generously underwritten by H. David Kaplan.


How Does That Grab You?

Music by Nancy Sinatra

Choreography by Sarah Pasch

The premiere of Sarah Pasch’s How Does That Grab You? is generously underwritten by Jon Conte, Dan & Michele Heidt, and Toby & Linda Warson.


A Tribe Called Michio

Music by Avi Lasser and Garrett Overcash

Choreography by Calista Ruat

The premiere of Calista Ruat’s A Tribe Called Michio is generously underwritten by Terrel Lefferts & Jo Anne Iaciofano and Joe Norman.


Meet the creators! The evening will conclude with a post-show Q&A with the choreographers in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, free with admission.

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