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PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET

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Three world premieres sourced from the great Pacific Northwest!

 

November 8 – 17, 2019

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

 

Seven Performances Only!

November 8 at 7:30 PM

November 9 at 2:00* and 7:30 PM

November 14, 15 & 16 at 7:30 PM

November 17 at 1:00 PM

*Live captioning of pre- and post-performance events. See “Special Events,” below.

 

SEATTLE, WA – Pacific Northwest Ballet, under the leadership of Artistic Director Peter Boal, turns with pride to Seattle-based talent for LOCALLY SOURCED, a triple-bill of new dance works. Choreographer Eva Stone, founder/producer of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, has selected music from five women composers and is collaborating with an all-woman design team to create F O I L, her first work for the PNB mainstage. Donald Byrd, artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater, Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) choreographer, and 2019 Doris Duke Award-winning artist, has been at the forefront of contemporary dance for four decades. Love and Loss, his sixth work for PNB, features a cast of 22, set to a score by Emmanuel Witzthum. And PNB company dancer Miles Pertl – taking his first choreographic turn on the PNB mainstage following creations for NEXT STEP and PNB School – is collaborating with his sister, visual artist Sydney M. Pertl, and composer Jherek Bischoff to create Wash of Gray, a multi-media dance work incorporating video, visual arts and nature sounds. LOCALLY SOURCED runs for seven performances only, November 8 through 17 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $37. For more information, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at 301 Mercer Street, or online at PNB.org. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performances of LOCALLY SOURCED are made possible by Presenting Sponsors Dan & Pam Baty, and Supporting Sponsors Toni Hoover & Al Nettles, and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. 

The line-up for LOCALLY SOURCED includes:

F O I L  World Premiere

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

Choreography: Eva Stone

Costume Design: Melanie Burgess

Lighting Design: Amiya Brown

Assistant to the Choreographer: Sarena Fishman Jimenez

The 2019 world premiere of Eva Stone’s F O I L was commissioned by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and is principally supported by Deidra Wager with additional support from an anonymous donor.

Eva Stone has been a dance maker for more than 30 years. She received a BFA in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University, and after moving to the UK to complete a Master of Arts degree in Choreography and Choreological Studies from Trinity Laban, she formed The Stone Dance Collective. Ms. Stone relocated to Seattle in 1995, re-established her company, and began an extensive teaching and lecturing career throughout the Puget Sound. She is currently on faculty at Spectrum Dance Theater and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, where she initiated the New Voices choreography course for young women. She has most recently been appointed Program Coordinator for PNB’s Next Step choreographers’ showcase.

Ms. Stone’s work has been commissioned by On the Boards, Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle International Dance Festival, and by dance companies across the U.S. She was commissioned by PNB and Seattle Art Museum to create a work with Au Collective for Sculptured Dance, a site-specific dance event at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park. Her work has premiered in New York, London, Geneva, Montreal, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her other projects include assisting Donald Byrd for the Seattle Opera production of Aida, serving as ballet mistress for Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields for the PNB School Professional Division, and choreographing more than 25 award-winning musical theater productions. Ms. Stone is also the founder, producer and curator of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, a contemporary dance festival held annually in Bellevue.

 

Love and Loss  World Premiere

Music: Emmanuel Witzthum

Choreography: Donald Byrd                                            

Costume Design: Doris Black

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Assistants to the Choreographer: Nia-Amina Minor, Emily Pihlaja, Andrew Pontius, and Fausto Rivera

The 2019 world premiere of Donald Byrd’s Love and Loss is principally supported by Marcella McCaffray and Glenn Kawasaki. 

Donald Byrd is a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer. He has been the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle since 2002. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally. He has created dance works for many leading companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem, among others, and worked extensively in theater and opera. Mr. Byrd’s many awards, prizes, and fellowships include the Doris Duke Artist Award; Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts; Masters of Choreography Award, The Kennedy Center; Fellow at The American Academy of Jerusalem; James Baldwin Fellow of United States Artists; Resident Fellow of The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; Fellow at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Harvard University; and the Mayor’s Arts Award for his sustained contributions to the City of Seattle. He was recently named a 2019 Doris Duke Artist Awardee.

Mr. Byrd received the 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in a presentation at the Frye Art Museum, Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be, opening October 12 and running through January 26, 2020.

Wash of Gray  World Premiere

Music: Jherek Bischoff

Choreography: Miles Pertl

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

Costume Design: Patrick Stovall

Lighting Design: Reed Nakayama

The 2019 world premiere of Miles Pertl’s Wash of Gray is supported by Katharyn Alvord Gerlich, Joan Fitzmaurice, Toni Hoover & Al Nettles, H. David Kaplan, and two anonymous donors. 

Miles Pertl grew up in the Seattle area, and, after dancing professionally with Stuttgart Ballet in Germany and Het National Ballet in the Netherlands, is both excited and proud to be dancing with Pacific Northwest Ballet in his hometown. Mr. Pertl has choreographed works for PNB's NEXT STEP and PNB School's annual School Performance as well as the Noverre Society in Stuttgart, Danza Estate in Gubbio, Italy, and New Moves in Amsterdam. With a love of both dance and art, he has teamed up with his sister, artist Sydney M. Pertl, to form SeaPertl Productions, an organization which seeks to showcase both worlds and shine a spotlight on local talent. He adores all aspects of Seattle, but especially its people, and he'd love to chat with you over a beer sometime.

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More from the press release:

SPECIAL EVENTS 

BALLET 101: Tiaras & Toe Shoes

Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 pm (Phelps Center)

BALLET 101 is a four-part series exploring a range of ballet topics, taking a behind-the-scenes look at many facets of the ballet industry, and providing an engaging point of entry for audiences both well-acquainted with and new to PNB. Join company dancers Lesley Rausch and Angelica Generosa, and millinery/crafts artisan Terry Frank for this discussion of ballet gear from head to toe – from what goes into preparing pointe shoes to the number of pins it takes to keep a tiara in place during a performance. Tickets ($25 per session or $80 for the full BALLET 101 season) are available thru the PNB Box Office.

PNB IMMERSION EXPERIENCE

Part I: Tuesday, October 29, 5:00 pm – Studio Rehearsal (Phelps Center

Part II: Wednesday, November 6, 12:00 pm – Orchestra Rehearsal (McCaw Hall)

The PNB Immersion Experience presents a new way to enhance patrons’ performance experiences for the 2019-2020 season: Each program will include an Immersion Experience Studio Rehearsal – hour-long studio rehearsals hosted by Artistic Director Peter Boal, featuring Company dancers rehearsing excerpts from upcoming ballets – as well as the opportunity to observe a rehearsal of the PNB Orchestra (LOCALLY SOURCED and ONE THOUSAND PIECES), or an up-close Q&A with PNB artists and tour of the PNB Costume Shop (Cinderella and Giselle). Tickets ($40 per program) are available through the PNB Box Office. (Immersion Experience tickets do not include a performance.) 

PNB CONVERSATIONS & DRESS REHEARSAL

Thursday, November 7, 5:30 pm

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Choreographers Donald Byrd, Miles Pertl, and Eva Stone, in conversation with Artistic Director Peter Boal, will share insights into the creative process of bringing their world premieres to the stage for LOCALLY SOURCED. Attend the Conversations event only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets ($30) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.

BALLET TALK

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. (The Saturday, November 9 matinee Ballet Talk will be live-captioned.)

MEET THE ARTIST

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. (The Saturday, November 9 matinee Meet the Artist talk will be moderated by KUOW’s Marcie Sillman with choreographers Donald Byrd, Miles Pertl, and Eva Stone, and will be live-captioned.) 

YOUNG PATRONS CIRCLE NIGHT

Friday, November 15


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 up to 40% off their tickets. For more information, visit PNB.org/YPC.

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Marcie Sillman is leading the post-performance Q&A after the Saturday matinee, November 9 performance.  If you follow her link in this PNB Facebook post, you can find the discount code for the performance. (50% off the [ticket price less the $4 facilities fee]).

 

 

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I've been watching rehearsals, and I think this is going to be an exceptionally varied program.  A really nice dose of contemporary work before Nutcracker season sets in.

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Casting is up for second weekend:

https://www.pnb.org/season/locally-sourced/

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There's a change to first weekend casting for "Wash of Gray," with 2.5 new couples dancing first Saturday matinee., and four new dancers joining the cast on second weekend Friday.  Both casts for "FOIL" will dance second weekend, and one cast will dance all performances of "Love and Loss."

Here's the link to the downloadable spreadsheet:

Locally Sourced 19_11_06.xlsx

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