Tickets go on sale July 24 for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 45th Season

Special Offer: NO SERVICE FEES through July 31.*


45th season to feature a newly-designed production of George Balanchine’s Jewels, the return of Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake, PNB premieres from Crystal Pite and Yuri Possokhov, a world premiere from company member Ezra Thomson, and works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Ulysses Dove, William Forsythe, Jessica Lang, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon. (And, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.)


September 2017 – June 2018

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, Washington


Pacific Northwest Ballet has announced that it will open its Box Office for 2017-2018 ticket sales on Monday, July 24, 2017. As is its custom, PNB is offering a special money-saving deal for early shoppers: Pay no service fees on tickets purchased through July 31.* Starting July 24, tickets to all performances and audience-education programs (as well as money-saving subscriptions) may be purchased either by phone at 206.441.2424, online at, or in person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.


Highlights of PNB’s 45th season, running from September 2017 to June, 2018,  include a newly-designed production of George Balanchine’s Jewels, featuring costumes and scenic design by Jerome Kaplan (Roméo et Juliette, Don Quixote, Giselle, Cendrillon), and Kent Stowell’s masterful production of Swan Lake. The line-up also includes PNB premieres by Crystal Pite and Yuri Possokhov; a world premiere from company member Ezra Thomson; the return of Pite’s wildly popular Emergence; William Forsythe’s love-it-or-not One Flat Thing, reproduced; and additional works by Forsythe, Jessica Lang, Twyla Tharp, Ulysses Dove, Alejandro Cerrudo, Benjamin Millepied, Justin Peck, and Christopher Wheeldon. For family audiences, PNB is bringing back its popular matinee production of Snow White (performed by students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School) and, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.


2017-2018 SEASON LINE-UP



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Avenue

(Free event: Not part of PNB’s subscription season.)

Hot on the heels of its wildly successful inaugural year, SCULPTURED DANCE is back with new site-specific dance works presented as part of the free Summer at SAM series at the Olympic Sculpture Park. As part of The Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative, PNB is commissioning works from local choreographers Noelani Pantastico, Eva Stone, Price Suddarth, and Dani Tierrell, created in conversation with sculptures on-site at the park. The evening will also feature live music sets by Jyun Jyun, and pop-up performances from The Purple Lemonade Collective. While SCULPTURED DANCE is a free event, RSVPs are requested at



First Look Gala

Friday, September 22, 2017

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets available by calling 206.441.2429 or online at )

Celebrate the opening of PNB’s 45th season with a glamorous cocktail party, an elegant backstage dinner, and a dance party onstage after the performance! Featuring special honored guest Jerome Kaplan, creator of new scenic and costume designs for Jewels. (Performance tickets sold separately.) For more info, visit



Rep 1Jewels

September 22 – October 1, 2017



Music: Gabriel Fauré

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Scenic and Costume Design: Jerome Kaplan

Premiere: April 13, 1967, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: June 1, 2006



Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Scenic and Costume Design: Jerome Kaplan

Premiere: April 13, 1967, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: February 3, 1988



Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Scenic and Costume Design: Jerome Kaplan

Premiere: April 13, 1967, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: June 1, 2006


George Balanchine’s masterful homage to three golden ages of music and dance celebrates its 50th anniversary adorned with new costume and scenic designs created for PNB by Jerome Kaplan (Roméo et Juliette, Cendrillon, Giselle, Don Quixote.) Emeralds whispers of grace, courtesy, and French perfume; Rubies sizzles with American sass; and Diamonds conjures the glittering magnificence of old St. Petersburg.




November 3 – 12, 2017


Her Door to the Sky

Music: Benjamin Britten

Choreography: Jessica Lang

Scenic Design: Jessica Lang

Costume Design: Bradon McDonald

Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce

Premiere: August 24, 2016, Pacific Northwest Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, Massachusetts


Afternoon Ball

Music: Vladimir Martynov

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Scenic and Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Premiere: September 25, 2008, Pacific Northwest Ballet


Plot Point (PNB Premiere)

Music: Bernard Herrmann

Choreography: Crystal Pite

Scenic Design: Jay Gower

Costume Design: Nancy Bryant

Premiere: April 4, 2010, Nederlands Dans Theater


Three renowned female choreographers get the well-deserved spotlight with the return of Twyla Tharp’s dramatic Afternoon Ball, her raw view of a lost generation; and Jessica Lang’s sumptuously painted Her Door to the Sky, inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. Two worlds alternate and escalate to collision in the award-winning Plot Point, a much-anticipated PNB premiere by Crystal Pite (Emergence).



George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

November 24 – December 28, 2017

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season.)


Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Judith Fugate, with Peter Boal and Garielle Whittle

Scenic & Costume Design: Ian Falconer

Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Original Lev Ivanov Production Premiere: December 6, 1892, Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg

Balanchine Production Premiere: February 2, 1954, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: November 27, 2015


George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® delivers the magic that makes the holiday season. Beautiful snowfalls, Tchaikovsky’s cherished score performed live by the world famous PNB Orchestra, gorgeously imagined scenery and costumes by celebrated author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig), brilliant dancing by PNB’s incredible professional company and PNB School students, plus McCaw Hall aglitter with holiday décor and surprises. Delight in the experience of a lifetime from McCaw’s grand staircase to final curtain.



Rep 3Swan Lake

February 2 – 11, 2018


Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Kent Stowell

Staging: Francia Russell (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov)

Scenic Design: Ming Cho Lee

Costume Design: Paul Tazewell

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Original Production Premiere: February 20, 1877, Imperial Ballet, Moscow

Stowell/Russell Production Premiere: October 1, 1976, Frankfurt Ballet

PNB Premiere: April 8, 1981; New production September 25, 2003


Ever since Kent Stowell’s stunning new production of Swan Lake marked the grand opening of McCaw Hall, audiences have been struck by its transcendent beauty and power. This most famous of classical ballets is a tour de force on all levels: Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, spectacular costume and scenic designs, plus a ballerina’s hallmark achievement – the dual role of Odette/Odile. Swan Lake’s mist-filled rows of exquisite swans hovering protectively around their queen is an ethereal vision that lingers long after leaving the theatre.




March 16 – 25, 2018


World Premiere

Choreography: Ezra Thomson


Red Angels

Music: Richard Einhorn

Choreography: Ulysses Dove

Costume Design: Holly Hynes

Lighting Design: Mark Stanley

Premiere: May 9, 1994, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: September 17, 2005


Slingerland Duet

Music: Gavin Bryars

Choreography: William Forsythe

Lighting Design: William Forsythe

Premiere: November 25, 1989, Ballet Frankfurt

PNB Premiere: March 13, 2015



One Flat Thing, reproduced

Music: Thom Willems

Choreography: William Forsythe

Scenic and Lighting Design: William Forsythe

Costume Design: Stephen Galloway

Premiere: February 2, 2000, Ballet Frankfurt

PNB Premiere: March 13, 2008


This season’s iteration of PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal’s annual spotlight offers audiences a riveting duet, a famous work, a little controversy, and a world premiere by PNB dancer Ezra Thomson. The limbs of a bonded pair sculpt open air in William Forsythe’s Slingerland Duet, and pure athleticism surges like reverb from Red Angels’ electric violin. And audiences have another chance to debate Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced, as the dancers take cues from each other on, under, and around 20 tables.



Snow White

March 18 – 25, 2018 (Part of PNB’s “Family Matinees” series. Not part of PNB’s subscription series.)

Featuring students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School.


Music: Jules Massenet

Concept and Choreography: Bruce Wells

Scenic Design: Edith Whitsett

Costume Design: Pacific Northwest Ballet Costume Shop

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli


Who’s the fairest of them all? Snow White, performed by PNB School students, is true to the treasured tale of a jealous Queen, her beautiful stepdaughter, and a legendary kiss from a handsome Prince. Young audience members are encouraged to wear their favorite costume and come early for special crafts and a mini-dance class before the narrated, hour-long ballet.




April 13 – 22, 2018


Little mortal jump

Music: Various

Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo

Scenic Design: Alejandro Cerrudo

Costume Design: Branimira Ivanova

Lighting Design: Michael Korsch

Premiere: March 15, 2012, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

PNB Premiere: March 18, 2016


RAkU (PNB Premiere)

Music: Shinji Eshima

Libretto: Gary Wang

Choreography: Yuri Possokhov

Scenic and Projection Design: Alexander V. Nichols

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Lighting Design: Christopher Dennis

Premiere: February 3, 2011, San Francisco Ballet



Music: Owen Belton

Choreography: Crystal Pite

Scenic Design: Jay Gower Taylor

Costume Design: Linda Chow

Lighting Design: Alan Brodie

Premiere: March 4, 2009, National Ballet of Canada

PNB Premiere: November 8, 2013


This trio of blockbusters includes the return of Crystal Pite’s mesmerizing Emergence and Alejandro Cerrudo’s cinematic Little mortal jump, a work by turns playful, potent, and poignant. The program’s premiere is RakU, PNB’s first work by Yuri Possokhov. This tale of desire and loyalty captivates with profound character portrayals and intriguing Japanese design layered with digital projection.




June 1 – 10, 2018     


Tide Harmonic

Music: Joby Talbot

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Costume Design: Holly Hynes

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: May 31, 2013, Pacific Northwest Ballet


After the Rain pas de deux

Music: Arvo Pärt

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Costume Design: Holly Hynes

Lighting Design: Mark Stanley

Premiere: January 22, 2005, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: September 20, 2008



Music: Ludwig von Beethoven

Choreography: Benjamin Millepied

Costume Design: Alessandro Sartori

Scenic and Lighting Design: Lucy Carter

Premiere: February 5, 2016, Paris Opera Ballet

PNB Premiere: September 23, 2016


Year of the Rabbit

Music: Sufjan Stevens

Choreography and Costume Design: Justin Peck

Lighting Design: Brandon Stirling Baker

Premiere: October 5, 2012, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: March 18, 2016


From apparent to abstract, love reveals its diverse faces in this four-pack of contemporary hits. Water is thematic in Christopher Wheeldon’s undulating Tide Harmonic as well as his divine After the Rain pas de deux. Appassionata, Benjamin Millepied’s tempestuous and tender work for three couples, makes a welcome return, as does Justin Peck’s delightful Year of the Rabbit, an exhilarating rush set to the music of Sufjan Stevens.




(Not part of PNB’s subscription season, and not currently available through the PNB Box Office)



Sunday, June 10, 2018

(Tickets to this event go on sale in 2018.)


NEXT STEP Choreographers’ Showcase

Friday, June 15, 2018

(Tickets to this event go on sale in 2018.)


37th Annual PNB School Performances

Saturday, June 16, 2018

(Tickets to this event go on sale in 2018.)



(Tickets not available through the PNB Box Office. Stay tuned for more info or visit

July, 2018

Les Étés de la Danse, Paris, France




(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. All events take place at The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, unless otherwise noted. Tickets available through the PNB Box Office beginning July 24.)


PNB offers a variety of free or affordably-priced special presentations for most of its productions, including previews, conversations, seminars, and Q&As. For additional information, visit Event dates, times, and participants subject to change.



During Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2017-2018 season, PNB will launch the audience education program BALLET 101. This ticketed, four-part series will explore a range of topics, from ballet terminology, steps, and partnering, to casting, contemporary works, and the business of ballet. Two-hour sessions will be held at the Phelps Center as well as in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall. PNB artistic staff and Company dancers will lead a behind-the-scenes look at many facets of the ballet industry and provide an engaging point of entry for audience members both well-acquainted with and new to PNB and our programs. Moderated by Audience Education Manager Doug Fullington. Tickets are $25 per session, or $75 subscription (four sessions for the price of three.)


#1 The Business of Ballet

Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 pm (Nesholm Family Lecture Hall)

Join Artistic Director Peter Boal and senior artistic and administrative staff for a discussion of PNB’s 2017-2018 season, including the business of ballet acquisition, commissioning, touring, and working with scenery, costumes, and music rights.


#2 Ballet Basics Part One: Terminology and Solo Coaching

Saturday, October 28, 3:00 pm (The Phelps Center)

Learn basic ballet terminology by observing a demonstration of steps, followed by a member of the artistic staff coaching a Company dancer in a solo role from the current season.


#3 Contemporary Ballet: New Works and Current Trends in Ballet

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 pm (Nesholm Family Lecture Hall)

Join Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB’s ballet masters for a discussion of the ballets in the current season, what makes them contemporary, the diversity of styles PNB offers in its repertory, and the multiple demands on dancers and staff in preparing new work.


#4 Ballet Basics Part Two: Terminology and Partnering

Saturday, May 12, 3:00 pm (The Phelps Center)

Learn advanced ballet terminology through further demonstrations of steps, followed by a discussion and demonstration of the art of partnering with PNB Company dancers and members of the senior artistic staff.


Friday Previews

PNB’s popular Friday Previews are hour-long studio rehearsals hosted by Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB artistic staff, featuring Company dancers rehearsing excerpts from upcoming ballets. All Friday Previews begin at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $15. These events usually sell out in advance.


September 15, Jewels

October 27, HER STORY

January 26, Swan Lake



PNB Conversations & Dress Rehearsal

McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center


PNB Conversations offer in-depth discussions with choreographers, stagers, designers, dancers, and other artists that reveal much about the creative process involved in the development of a ballet. All conversations begin at 6:00 pm, followed by the dress rehearsal at 7:00 pm. (Tickets $30.)


September 21, Jewels: Designer Jerome Kaplan with Doug Fullington

November 2, HER STORY: Choreographer Crystal Pite with Peter Boal

February 1, Swan Lake: Panel discussion with PNB Company dancers and Doug Fullington

March 15, DIRECTOR’S CHOICE: Choreographer Ezra Thomson with Doug Fullington

April 12, EMERGENCE: Choreographer Yuri Possokhov with Doug Fullington

May 31, LOVE & BALLET: Guest and moderator to be announced


STUDIO PRESENTATION: The Nutcracker at 125

Tuesday, November 14, 5:00 pm


Celebrate the 125th anniversary of The Nutcracker with an hour-long look at the ballet’s origins, including a comparison of dances from the original 1892 St. Petersburg production and Balanchine’s classic 1954 version performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet. With PNB Company dancers and artistic staff. Tickets are $25.



Tuesday, January 16, 5:00 pm


Observe PNB principal dancers both preparing the role of Odette/Odile and coaching advanced students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School in some of Swan Lake’s iconic solos. Learn the origins of Swan Lake and how its rich history has made it one of the most beloved ballets of all time. Tickets are $25.



As soon as the 2017-2018 season ends, PNB is off to Paris with 12 ballets to perform in the Les Étés de la Danse festival. Join us in the studio for exclusive 90-minute previews of the Paris repertory.


Tuesday, June 19, 4:30 pm. Tickets are $25.

Wednesday, June 20, 4:30 pm. Tickets are $25.

Thursday, June 21, 4:30 pm. Tickets are $35 (includes a champagne send-off).


Ballet Talk

One hour before repertory program performances (excludes The Nutcracker and Snow White) in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall.


Join PNB Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington or guest speakers for an informal 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design, and the process of bringing ballet to the stage. Free for ticketholders.


Meet the Artist

Immediately following each repertory program performance (excludes The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Snow White) in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall


Ever want to ask what it’s like to dance a masterpiece, participate in the creation of a new work, or wear pointe shoes? Here’s your chance. Skip the post-show traffic and join Artistic Director Peter Boal or a member of PNB’s artistic staff with PNB Company dancers for a lively question-and-answer session following each performance.





Tickets go on sale Monday, July 24. Tickets as well as subscriptions to PNB’s 2017-2018 season may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Phone: 206.441.2424
  • In Person: 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center
  • Online:


For information on discount offers including The Pointe, TeenTix, and Group Sales, call the PNB Box Office or visit While there, sign up on PNB’s email list, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Be among the first to learn about PNB news, casting and performance updates, ticket offers, and more.


Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2017-2018 Season is proudly sponsored by ArtsFund and Microsoft. Special thanks also to 4Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and The Wallace Foundation. PNB media sponsorship provided by The Seattle Times and KOMO 4.


About Pacific Northwest Ballet


Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972. In July 2005, Peter Boal became Artistic Director, succeeding Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, Artistic Directors since 1977. The Company of 47 dancers annually presents more than 100 performances of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and on tour. The Company has toured to Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, and throughout the United States, with celebrated appearances at Jacob’s Pillow and in New York City and Washington, DC.


Under the direction of Peter Boal, PNB has continued to expand and diversify its repertory to include works by Ulysses Dove, William Forsythe, Jessica Lang, Susan Marshall, Benjamin Millepied, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, and others.


Founded in 1974, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, under the direction of Francia Russell since 1977 and now under Mr. Boal’s direction, is nationally recognized as setting the standard for ballet training and offers a complete professional curriculum to nearly 1,000 students. The School also provides comprehensive dance education to the greater Seattle area and reaches over 25,000 adults and children each year through DanceChance, Discover Dance and other outreach programs and activities.

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