Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces 39th Season

Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces 39th Season Line-Up.

PNB Box Office Opens for 2011-2012 ticket sales on Monday, July 18.
Special Two-Week Offer: NO SERVICE FEES July 18 – 31!

September 2011 – June 2012
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center
Seattle, Washington
Season to feature American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote. Other highlights include world premieres by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Victor Quijada; PNB premieres by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and David Dawson; and the return of audience-favorites Coppélia and Carmina Burana. (And Nutcracker, too!)
SEATTLE, WA – Mark your calendars! Pacific Northwest Ballet opens its box office for the 2011-2012 season ticket sales on Monday, July 18. To celebrate, PNB is offering a special two-week money-saving deal: Pay no service fees on tickets purchased between July 18 and 31. (Or don’t wait, and save even more by purchasing a season subscription, available now!)
The highlight of PNB’s 2011-2012 season will no doubt be the American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s new production of Don Quixote. Created for Dutch National Ballet in 2010, PNB will be the second company to present this winning production. “I was pleased to see Don Q unveiled in Amsterdam to a well-deserved roaring ovation,” said PNB artistic director Peter Boal. “Alexei has a beautiful reverence for tradition, a sly penchant for humor, and a gift for storytelling that is rare. With the explosion of color and clever design by set and costume designer Jérôme Kaplan (Roméo et Juliette), this production is spectacular.”

Other season highlights include the return of Kent Stowell’s magnificent Carmina Burana paired with one of George Balanchine’s earliest triumphs, Apollo; company premieres of works by Jerome Robbins, Balanchine, and David Dawson; a program dedicated to the works of Christopher Wheeldon; world premieres from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Victor Quijada; and the return of PNB’s enchanting new production of George Balanchine’s Coppélia. In addition to the six-part season line-up, there’s the holiday classic, Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak’s Nutcracker, as well as the Family Matinee production of Snow White, both of which also go on sale Monday, July 18.
Subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office, either by phone (206.441.2424), online ( or in person at 301 Mercer Street. Subscriptions may be purchased now, and single tickets go on sale July 18. Discounted subscription rates are available for seniors, students, and children. All programming and dates are subject to change.

2011-2012 SEASON LINE-UP
September 23 – October 2, 2011
Carousel (A Dance)
Music: Richard Rodgers
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Staging: Damian Smith and Jackie Barrett

After the Rain pas de deux
Music: Arvo Pärt
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Staging: Damian Smith

Music: Gyorgy Ligeti
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Staging: Jason Fowler

Variations Sérieuses
Music: based on Felix Mendelssohn, adapted and orchestrated by Mack Schlefer
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Staging: Jason Fowler

November 4 – 13, 2011
Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée” – PNB Premiere
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Peter Boal

Afternoon of a Faun – PNB Premiere
Music: Claude Debussy
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Bart Cook

Balcony pas de deux from Roméo et Juliette
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Staging: Bernice Coppieters, Giovanna Lorenzoni and Gaby Baars

Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Staging: Francia Russell after Petipa/Ivanov

Aurora’s Wedding from The Sleeping Beauty
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Ronald Hynd after Marius Petipa
Staging: Ronald Hynd, Annette Page and Amanda Eyles

Stowell/Sendak NUTCRACKER
November 25 – December 27, 2011
(Not part of PNB’s subscription season.)
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Scenic & Costume Design: Maurice Sendak
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Rep 3 – DON QUIXOTE – PNB Premiere
February 3 – 12, 2012
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky with additional choreography and staging by Alexei
Staging: Sandrine Leroy, Sonja Marchiolli, and Judy Maelor Thomas
Scenic and Costume Design: Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting Design: James Ingalls
PNB is proud to present the American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s full-length Don Quixote. Created for Dutch National Ballet in 2010, the Russian-born choreographer blends historical segments with his own fluent and inventive classical technique for “the best version of this classical ballet…a display of exciting and hot-blooded dance. Based on an episode from Cervantes’ famous novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha, the story follows its title hero, a middle-aged country gentleman absorbed with tales of chivalry and a dream-lover, Dulcinea. With his squire Sancho Panza, Don Quixote ventures to the legendary city of Barcelona and discovers spirited young lovers Kitri and Basilio. When Kitri’s father plots her marriage to a wealthy
fool, the couple hides with a troupe of actors. Kitri is eventually discovered and feigns a broken heart when Basilio pretends to stab himself in despair. Don Quixote intervenes for the lovers so persuasively that Kitri’s father must give his consent, and all celebrate the wedding as the Don resumes his quest. Don Quixote’s bravura classical dances showcase soloist virtuosity as dramatically as its mime and humor reveal  accomplished character players. At the center of the ballet’s passionate Castilian heart, Ludwig Minkus’ rousing score endows each scene with rich atmosphere, deepened by Jérôme Kaplan’s (Roméo et Juliette) vibrant costumes and amber-washed sets. All elements combine with Ratmansky’s innately expressive movement to treat theater-lovers of all ages to a first look at this smash hit.

(Note: All matinees of Don Q are at 1:00 pm.)

March 16 – 24, 2012
A Million Kisses to My Skin – PNB Premiere
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography: David Dawson
Staging: Tim Couchman

Cylindrical Shadows – World Premiere
Music: Allessandro MarCello, Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell and David van Bouwel
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
World Premiere
Music: Jasper Gahunia
Choreography: Victor Quijada
This all-premiere line-up presents a pair of hot-ticket European choreographers and a second commission from dance-fusion pioneer Victor Quijada (Suspension of Disbelief). Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s poignant Cylindrical Shadows extends the scope of an earlier piece she created in homage to the unexpected death of a close friend, a reflection on emotions linked to instantaneous loss.

March 17, 18 and 25, 2012
(Part of PNB’s “Fairy Tales” subscription package. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)
Music: Jules Massenet
Choreography: Bruce Wells
Scenic Design: Bruce Wells and Randall G. Chiarelli
Costume Design: Larae Theige Hascall
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
This narrated, hour-long performance is danced by students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and is the perfect
opportunity to introduce young children to the magic of live performance.

April 13 – 22, 2012
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Peter Boal

Carmina Burana
Music: Carl Orff
Choreography: Kent Stowell
From Greek gods to 13th century monks, this blockbuster double-bill reaches through centuries to resonate with powerful impact. Apollo, George Balanchine’s oldest surviving ballet, was his first international success as well as the start of his remarkable collaboration with Igor Stravinsky. The depiction of “a wild, half-human youth who acquires nobility through art” (Balanchine), Apollo is instructed by three Muses: Terpsichore, muse of dance and song; Polyhymnia, muse of mime; and Calliope, muse of poetry. Kent Stowell’s magnificent Carmina Burana, which has played to sold-out audiences since its 1993 premiere, realizes Carl Orff’s vision of a theatrical masterpiece that would surmount all artistic boundaries. The famous cantata’s poems about the fickleness of fortune, the joy of renewal, and the perils of sin come vividly to life in the shadow of Ming Cho Lee’s colossal 26-foot golden wheel as Stowell’s evocative choreography, a 72-voice chorale, and live orchestra draw the audience into an exhilarating communal experience.

June 1 – 10, 2012
Music: Léo Delibes
Choreography: Alexandra Danilova and George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust (after Petipa)
Staging: Judith Fugate and Garielle Whittle
Scenic and Costume Design: Roberta Guidi di Bagno
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Originally created in 1870, Balanchine and famous ballerina Alexandra Danilova drew on source material and memory for 1974’s New York City Ballet version. The story, inseparable from Delibes’ superbly melodic score, is a lighthearted comedy about vivacious young Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz, and the eccentric toymaker Dr. Coppelius. Though Franz loves Swanilda, he is swept away by Coppélia, a life-sized doll whom he believes is real. When Swanilda steals into Dr. Coppelius’ workshop and discovers the truth about Coppélia, she dresses up as her rival and amuses herself by tricking both toymaker and her lover. All ends well in the final act’s splendid wedding festivities, revised by Balanchine and enhanced by the addition of 24 enchanting “baby” ballerinas. Beautifully detailed by Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno’s lavish sets and costumes, this production
is a complete delight for all ages.

June 10, 2012
(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in early 2012.)
Pacific Northwest Ballet wraps up its 2011-2012 season with the annual Season Encore Performance, a crowdpleasing
evening of some of the year’s greatest hits.

June 16, 2012
(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to these events go on sale in early 2012.)
The 31st Annual PNB School Performance

See the stars of tomorrow, on stage today! PNB School’s annual performance features students of all levels
performing original works by PNB School faculty, designed to showcase the students’ skills and accomplishments
over the past year. Later that evening, PNB continues its tradition of innovation and commitment to nurturing and
presenting new choreography with NEXT STEP. This program features world premieres choreographed by PNB
Company dancers and performed by PNB School’s Professional Division students.

Tickets ($28-$168) go on sale Monday, July 18. Pay no service fees on tickets purchased July 18 – 31. Moneysaving
season subscriptions starting at $168 are currently available. Subscribers receive a 15% discount on
Nutcracker tickets when added to their season subscriptions by July 17.
Tickets may be purchase through the PNB Box Office:
• Phone: 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
• In Person: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
• Online: (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
Tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street, subject to availability.
For information on discount offers including 25-and-under tickets, Teen Tix, and Group Sales, visit

Schedule and All Programming Subject to Change.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2011-2012 Season is proudly sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. Additional season
support is provided by Artsfund, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture – King County Lodging Tax.

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One Response to Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces 39th Season

  1. marta Clark July 17, 2011 at 1:48 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful season!!! I live in California and will try to come to see DQ! I have about 10 dvd’s of DQ. but the one from HET id my favor as a whole! As soon as you can announce the cast please let me know via e-mail, I love to se Anna Tsygankova and Golding dancing it! Thank you very much!!!

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