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Pacific Northwest Ballet: 2021-22 season announcement


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PNB just sent out email announcing their 2021-22 season, although without dates. It sounds like the fall programs will have limited seating. I'm disappointed that their reconstructed Giselle isn't scheduled. Maybe next year!

Our goal for the 2021/22 Season is to ease PNB patrons back into McCaw Hall as safely as possible. The September and November mixed rep productions are only available to renewing subscribers at this time. We may offer limited single tickets at a later date, if it is safe and advisable to do so. Click here to read more about our plan.


Rep 1

Rep 1: Singularly Cerrudo

Come admire the creative power of PNB’s Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo in this triple bill of his most beloved work. Breathe in the moving tranquility of Silent Ghost, get a tantalizing look at the spectacular teamwork of One Thousand Pieces, and journey through the unexpected twists and turns of Little mortal jump. At the center of it all? Spectacular dancing and Cerrudo’s compelling perspective on humanity.

 
Rep 2
 

Rep 2: Beyond Ballet

Dove. King. Lang. As we celebrate the unique voices of these three internationally acclaimed choreographers, we can find even more beauty in their common threads. The combination of Ulysses Dove’s mournful Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Jessica Lang’s haunting Ghost Variations, and the PNB Premiere of Alonzo King’s The Personal Element promises unmatched emotion, expression, and musicality.

 
Rep 3

Rep 3: Roméo et Juliette

You saw it last February on our Digital Stage, but nothing compares to the in-person experience! Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette will sweep you away to Verona and back again. Savor the incredible dancing, the flush of first love, Prokofiev’s rich score, and the drama of Shakespeare’s classic story – all in the course of one stunning ballet.

 
Rep 4
 

Rep 4: Plot Points

Bold experimentation is the theme for this set of trailblazing pieces. Crystal Pite, Justin Peck, and Robyn Mineko-Williams flip expectations upside down and come out the other side in an enigmatic new world. PNB audiences will remember the cinematic suspense of Pite's Plot Point from previous performances. The arresting complexity of Peck’s The Times Are Racing and a world premiere by Mineko-Williams (The Trees The Trees) are sure to make a similarly deep impression. 

 
Rep 5

Rep 5: Swan Lake

PNB’s triumphant return to the stage wouldn’t be complete without Kent Stowell's Swan Lake. Every element of this production is carefully crafted to keep you on the edge of your seat, from the masterful choreography, to the stunning costumes, to the undeniably iconic score. Most captivating of all? The story at the ballet’s heart: a classic tale of good versus evil, temptation, tragedy, and love of the highest order.

 
Rep 6
 

Rep 6: All Tharp

Our final rep of the season is all about the legendary dancer, director, and choreographer Twyla Tharp. From the sweet echo of her own Quaker roots in Sweet Fields, to the haunting Scottish clan in Brief Fling, to the all-out joy of New Orleans that runs through Waiting at the Station - Tharp draws inspiration from around the globe and yet her style remains quintessentially her own. 

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The Fall programs, particularly mixed bills, are generally more sparsely attended.   It is possible that subscribers who prefer the full-lengths and/or are hesitant about coming to the theater will take option 2, four performances in 2022, with or without the digital option, and that there will be single tickets available.  The risk is that current full subscribers will opt for partial subscriptions in the future, when single ticket buyers would be incremental income, if they don't mind losing dedicated seats, whenever old seating plans are back in place.

When Ballet West reopened this Spring, if they maxxed out on subscriber tickets, there were no single tickets to be sold.

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From the press release (part 1):

BACK IN THE HALL! Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces Line-Up for 2021-2022 Season of live performances in McCaw Hall.

PNB’s 49th season – marking the company’s return to live performances – to include world premiere from Robyn Mineko Williams and PNB premieres from Alonzo King and Justin Peck, along with programs dedicated to Alejandro Cerrudo and Twyla Tharp, and works by Ulysses Dove, Jessica Lang, and Crystal Pite. Story ballets feature the returns of Swan Lake and Roméo et Juliette (oh, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.)

PNB Box Office is now taking orders for subscription renewals and digital-season subscriptions.

(New subscriptions, Nutcracker and season single tickets to go on sale later this summer.)

Full-season subscriptions start at $190.

Four-show partial-season subscriptions (February – June performances) start at $130.

Digital season subscriptions available for $249.

(Free with full-season season subscriptions; $150 with partial-season seated subscriptions.)

September 2021 – June 2022

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Seattle, Washington

May 11, 2021, SEATTLE, WA – Following a year that nobody wants to revisit anytime soon, Artistic Director Peter Boal has optimistically announced the line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 49th season, running from September 2021 to June 2022. A love letter to PNB’s loyal fans, highlights of PNB’s return to the McCaw Hall stage include full-evening programs devoted to the works of Alejandro Cerrudo and Twyla Tharp, PNB premieres by Alonzo King and Justin Peck and a world premiere by Robyn Mineko Williams, the triumphant return of classic story ballets Swan Lake and Roméo et Juliette, as well as works by Ulysses Dove, Jessica Lang, and Crystal Pite. (And, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.) PNB will continue to offer its digital subscription as well – during the past pandemic year the company’s offerings were viewed by ballet fans in every state and 34 countries – although the digital season will not run day-and-date with the live performances. (Details to be announced.) Full-season subscribers will have access to the digital season as part of their subscription.

PNB is currently accepting season subscription renewals and new digital-season subscription orders; new subscriptions, single tickets to the season, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® will go on sale to the public later this summer. For further information, contact the PNB Box Office by phone at 206.441.2424, or online at PNB.org. As always, everything is subject to change. For further details, see “SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION” and “F.A.Q.s,” below.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET’S 2021-22 SEASON LINE-UP (Programming and schedule subject to change.)

Rep 1 – SINGULARLY CERRUDO

September 24 – 26, 2021 

The creative power of PNB’s Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo is on full display in this triple bill. Breathe in the moving tranquility of Silent Ghost, take a tantalizing look at spectacular teamwork in an excerpt from One Thousand Pieces, and journey through the unexpected twists and turns of Little mortal jump.

Silent Ghost

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

Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo

One Thousand Pieces (Excerpt)

Music: Philip Glass

Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo 

Little mortal jump

Music: Beirut, Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, Alexandre Desplat, Philip Glass, Hans Otte, Max Richter, Tom

Waits and Kathleen Brennan

Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo

Rep 2 – BEYOND BALLET

November 5 – 7, 2021 

Three unique voices of three internationally-acclaimed choreographers: the combination of Ulysses Dove’s mournful Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Jessica Lang’s haunting Ghost Variations, and the PNB premiere of Alonzo King’s The Personal Element promises unmatched emotion, expression, and musicality. 

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven

Music: Arvo Pärt

Choreography: Ulysses Dove

Ghost Variations

Music: Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann

Choreography: Jessica Lang 

The Personal Element (PNB Premiere)

Music: Jason Moran

Choreography: Alonzo King

 

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

November 20 – December 28, 2021 (NOTE: Not part of the 2021-22 Subscription season.)

Celebrate the holidays with renewed gusto! With its classic score, thrilling dancing, resplendent costumes, and magical scenery, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is the perfect centerpiece for any holiday celebration. Cheers!

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

                Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

                Costume & Scenic Design: Ian Falconer 

 

Roméo et Juliette

February 4 – 13, 2022

Presented during PNB’s 2020-21 digital season, but nothing compares to the in-person experience: Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette will sweep audiences to Verona through powerful choreography, Prokofiev’s rich score, the flush of first love, and the drama of Shakespeare’s classic story.

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot

 

Rep 4 – PLOT POINTS

March 18 – 27, 2022

Bold experimentation is the theme for this set of trailblazing pieces. PNB audiences will remember the power of Crystal Pite’s Plot Point; the arresting complexity of Justin Peck’s The Times Are Racing and a world premiere by Robin Mineko Williams (The Trees The Trees) are sure to make a similar impression.

The Times Are Racing (PNB Premiere)

Music: Dan Deacon

Choreography: Justin Peck

World Premiere

Choreography: Robin Mineko Williams

Plot Point

Music: Bernard Herrmann

Choreography: Crystal Pite 

 

Beauty and the Beast

March 20 – 27, 2022 (NOTE: Not part of the 2021-22 Subscription season.)

Featuring students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School. 

Based on the beloved fairy tale, this narrated, one-hour performance is the perfect introduction to ballet for young theatre-goers. Performed by the accomplished students of PNB School, Bruce Wells’ Beauty and the Beast will take the audience on a journey to a magical world of adventure, unlikely friendships, and true love. 

Music: Léo Delibes

                Concept and Choreography: Bruce Wells

 

Swan Lake

April 15 – 24, 2022 

PNB’s return to the stage wouldn’t be complete without Swan Lake. Every element of this production is carefully crafted to keep the audience on the edge of their seat, from the masterful choreography, to the stunning sets and costumes, to the undeniably iconic score. And most captivating of all: the story at the ballet’s heart – a classic tale of good versus evil, temptation, tragedy, and love of the highest order. 

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Kent Stowell

Staging: Francia Russell (after Petipa and Ivanov) 

 

REP 6 – ALL THARP

June 3 – 12, 2022

PNB’s final rep of the season is all about the legendary dancer, director, and choreographer Twyla Tharp. From the echo of her own Quaker roots in Sweet Fields, to the haunting Scottish clan in Brief Fling, to the all-out joy of New Orleans that runs through Waiting at the Station, Tharp draws inspiration from around the globe and yet her style remains quintessentially her own.                                  

Brief Fling

Music: Michel Colombier and Percy Grainger

Choreography: Twyla Tharp                                                                       

Sweet Fields (PNB Premiere)

Music: 18th- and 19th-century American hymns and Shaker songs

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Waiting at the Station

Music: Allen Toussaint

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

 

SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

The Pacific Northwest Ballet Box Office is now taking orders for subscription renewals and digital-season subscriptions to PNB’s 2021-22 season. Full-season [seated] subscriptions start at $190 for seats to all six programs. Four-show partial-season subscriptions, with seats to the February – June performances, start at $130. 

Full-season subscriptions include access to six digital performances as well. Partial-season subscribers may purchase digital access for $150. A digital-only subscription is available for $249. 

Subscribers should be receiving detailed renewal information via email, and may contact the PNB Box Office by calling 206.441.2424 or online at PNB.org.

New subscriptions and single tickets to season performances as well as tickets to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will be available for purchase from the PNB Box Office beginning later this summer, date TBA.

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From the press release, part 2:

F. A. Q.s

 

What safety protocols will be in place at McCaw Hall?

The 2021/22 season will be our first in-person season since the COVID pandemic began. The safety of our artists, audiences, and staff is our first priority. This far in advance, it is difficult to predict exactly what safety procedures may look like over the course of the next year. Masks will be required for attending Pacific Northwest Ballet performances, and we will follow public health and safety mandates. Up-to-date safety procedures will be sent regularly via email and available at any time on PNB.org. By purchasing an in-person ticket or subscription to our 2021/22 Season patrons agree to abide by all safety requirements at McCaw Hall.

 

Can subscribers sit in their same seats this season?

We hope to return subscribers to their seats by February 2022. Because Reps 1 and 2 are the first performances back in McCaw Hall and have shorter performance runs, seating will be socially distanced and the best available in subscribers’ seating section (or a comparable section). Seating will follow public health and safety mandates and be at the discretion of the Box Office.

 

How will capacity requirements at McCaw Hall affect the ability to attend a performance?

McCaw Hall capacity will follow public health and safety mandates and may affect where patrons sit or the day they attend. Subscribers have priority access to available seating. Single tickets (non-subscription ticket purchases) will be based on availability, and will go on sale at a later date.

 

What will food and beverage service look like?

Prelude, McCaw Hall’s full service restaurant, will not be open in the fall. Spectra, McCaw Hall’s concessionaire, is planning for grab-and-go pre-packaged food and beverage options.

 

Will vaccinations against COVID-19 be mandatory to attend?

PNB encourages all audience members to be vaccinated. We will be following public health and safety mandates regarding mandatory vaccine and/or rapid testing to attend performances at McCaw Hall.

 

Will the Digital Season match the content seen by those attending in-person performances at McCaw Hall?

We are working closely with our partners with the goal of translating as much of the in-person performance experience to the digital version as possible.

 

How long will digital ticketholders have access to the performance?

Subscribers will have access to their digital content for five days after the link is made available. The content will come offline at midnight on the fifth day after it is released. For example, a performance released on a Thursday will be available until midnight on the evening of the following Monday.

 

Why are digital performances limited in time?

Generally speaking, PNB does not own the creative rights to the content we perform. This applies to both choreography as well as music performed by the PNB Orchestra. Our digital release windows are arranged with the permission of the owners of this content, and PNB is committed to honor these terms.

 

Will subscribers get their same seat(s) for Reps 1 and 2?

Reps 1 and 2 will be one-week runs with only four performances each. The PNB Box Office will assign subscribers the best seats available in their section or a comparable section, following all public health and safety mandates. Seating will happen at a later date closer to the performance when we know more about crowd size requirements. (We hope to return subscribers to their usual seats by February 2022.)

 

Will subscribers have access to a digital viewing if they can't use their in-person ticket?

Full-Season subscribers will automatically receive access to the Digital Season. Mini-season subscribers and single ticket holders may exchange their performance ticket into digital if they wish.

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I don't know if this has been announced yet, but PNB is offering the option of seeing the entire season on a digital subscription for $249. Those performances are shown after the in-person shows and will be available for a five-day window. This is very impressive and more ambitious that any other digital subscriptions I'm seeing for the coming year. (E.g. Boston Ballet has a four-performance digital season, but one of them is just a repeat of something on last year's digital subscription.)  I am so looking forward to in-theater performances in the coming year by several companies, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy an all-season digital subscription, too, if available. (ABT, NYCB, SFB - are you paying attention?)

https://www.pnb.org/season/subscriptions/renew/

 

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It was part of the renewal announcement, which included a third option, which is in-person tickets for 2022 and a digital add-on option for Fall 2021, which doesnt do much for out-of-towners, but is a great option for people who aren't ready to go back to live performance yet.

 

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8 hours ago, California said:

I don't know if this has been announced yet, but PNB is offering the option of seeing the entire season on a digital subscription for $249. Those performances are shown after the in-person shows and will be available for a five-day window. This is very impressive and more ambitious that any other digital subscriptions I'm seeing for the coming year. (E.g. Boston Ballet has a four-performance digital season, but one of them is just a repeat of something on last year's digital subscription.)  I am so looking forward to in-theater performances in the coming year by several companies, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy an all-season digital subscription, too, if available. (ABT, NYCB, SFB - are you paying attention?)

https://www.pnb.org/season/subscriptions/renew/

 

Yes, very encouraging. SFB has been hinting at doing something similar, but we'll just have to wait and see. It's really all about the money...

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PNB is fortunate that their home theater has good video equipment -- the organization that runs McCaw Hall installed a new and improved set-up not long before the pandemic shut-down, so that they are able to make streaming quality video fairly easily (or at least more easily than other groups that need to create an entirely separate system to make it happen). 

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