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Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces 40th Anniversary Line-Up

Published on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 by MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Tucker

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces 40th Anniversary Line-Up
PNB Box Office Opens for 2012-2013 ticket sales on Monday, July 23
Special One-Week Offer: NO SERVICE FEES July 23 - 29!
(Nutcracker tickets on sale May 1)

September 2012 - June 2013
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center
Seattle, Washington

40th Season to feature six world premieres including works by Mark Morris and Christopher Wheeldon; Other highlights include the return of audience-favorites Cinderella, Roméo et Juliette and Swan Lake. (And Nutcracker, too!)

SEATTLE, WA - Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the confirmed line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet's 40th Anniversary Season, running from September 2012 through June, 2013.  PNB opens its box office for 2012-2013 ticket sales on Monday, July 23. To celebrate, PNB is offering a special one-week money-saving deal: Pay no service fees on tickets purchased between July 23 and 29. (Or, don't wait, and save even more by purchasing a season subscription now!)

"Pacific Northwest Ballet is a jewel in the crown of American ballet and a rightful source of Northwest pride," said Mr. Boal in his announcement. "We're celebrating this 40th Anniversary milestone by honoring our past and leaping forward with six new works by choreographers ranging from promising fledglings to the best in the business.

"We'll recognize Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell's unparalleled contribution to our organization (that is, unparalleled except, of course, by Founding Artistic Director Francia Russell) by kicking off our anniversary season with the return of his glorious Cinderella.  Opening night will feature an added treat: A one-night-only performance of Stravinsky's charming Circus Polka, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with a special guest Ringmaster, former PNB principal dancer Patricia Barker.

"November brings four world premieres by Andrew Bartee, Kiyon Gaines, Margaret Mullin, and - the piece de resistance - the inimitable Mark Morris.

"Jean-Christophe Maillot's intoxicating Roméo et Juliette returns in February after a four-year absence, followed by a program of modern masterpieces by George Balanchine (Concerto Barocco), Ulysses Dove (Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven) and Twyla Tharp (In the Upper Room), along with a world premiere by PNB Ballet Master Paul Gibson.

"Kent Stowell's magnificent Swan Lake makes a welcome return to the stage in April, followed by a world premiere by Christopher Wheeldon, and Francia Russell's crystalline staging of Balanchine's seminal Agon.  And we'll close out the Ruby Anniversary with another Balanchine jewel, Diamonds. I hope you'll join us for this stellar celebration season."

Subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office, either by phone (206.441.2424), online (pnb.org) or in person at 301 Mercer Street. Subscriptions may be purchased now, and single tickets go on sale July 23. Discounted subscription rates are available for seniors, students, and children. All programming and dates are subject to change.  For more information, visit pnb.org.

2012-2013 SEASON LINE-UP

Rep 1 - CINDERELLA
September 21 - 30, 2012

Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Scenic Design: Tony Straiges
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: Randal G. Chiarelli

Circus Polka (Opening Night only)
Music: Igor Stravinskly
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Judith Fugate


CELEBRATE SEATTLE
Sunday, September 30, 2012
(Not part of PNB's subscription season. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

A special multi-media celebration of PNB's 40th Anniversary and Seattle Center's 50th Anniversary, featuring the PNB Orchestra and special guests.


Rep 2 - ALL PREMIERE
November 2 - 11, 2012

World Premiere
Music: Barrett Anspach
Choreography: Andrew Bartee
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

World Premiere
Music: Dan Coleman
Choreography: Margaret Mullin
Costume Design: Alexis Mondragon
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

World Premiere
Music: Paul Hindemith
Choreography: Mark Morris
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Michael Chybowski

World Premiere
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: Kiyon Gaines
Costume Design: Pauline Smith
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli


Stowell & Sendak NUTCRACKER
December 7 - 29, 2012
(Not part of PNB's subscription season. Tickets go on sale May 1.)

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
               Choreography: Kent Stowell
               Scenic & Costume Design: Maurice Sendak
               Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

"There's no surer cure for holiday humbugs than Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker." - The Seattle Times

Nothing fills hearts with joyful magic quite like Pacific Northwest Ballet's famous Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker at McCaw Hall. Praised by The New York Times as "original and exciting," this marvelously imagined production, created by PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and author/illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), features over 200 roles danced by PNB's professional dancers and students, gigantic moving sets, a snowfall every performance, and-the magical sound of the season-Tchaikovsky's beloved score performed by the mighty PNB Orchestra.


"From the absolute charm of seeing all the adorable kids in velvet dresses and shiny shoes to the mouth dropping awe of the truly magnificent set, we were as swept away as the 8-year-olds. Nutcracker is all the good parts of Christmas...It's a great holiday date for couples, obviously a delight and treat for children and a wholly elegant way to deck the halls. It's never too late to start a tradition and we seriously suggest you go." - Seattlest.com


Rep 3 - ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
February 1 - 10, 2013

Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Staging: Bernice Coppieters, Giovanna Lorenzoni, Gaby Baars
Scenic Design: Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Costume Design: Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting Design: Dominique Drillot


Rep 4 - MODERN MASTERPIECES
March 15 - 24, 2013

Concerto Barocco
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Francia Russell
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven
Music: Arvo Pärt
Choreography: Ulysses Dove
Staging: Eva Safstrom
Scenic and Costume Design: Jorge Gallardo
Original Lighting Design: Björn Nilsson

In the Upper Room
Music: Philip Glass
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Staging: Stacy Caddell
Scenic Design: Santo Loquasto
Costume Design: Norma Kamali
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

World Premiere
Choreography: Paul Gibson


HANSEL & GRETEL
March 17 - 23, 2013
(Part of PNB's "Family Matinees" subscription package. Call the PNB Box Office for details. Tickets to this event go on sale in early 2013.)

Music: Oscar Nedbal
               Choreography: Bruce Wells
               Scenic Design: Edith Whitsett
Costume Design: Pacific Northwest Ballet Costume Shop
               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.


Rep 5 - SWAN LAKE
April 12 - 21, 2013

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


REP 6 - DIRECTOR'S CHOICE
May 31 - June 9, 2013

Agon
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Francia Russell
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

World Premiere
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Diamonds
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Elyse Borne
Costume Design: Karinska
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley



SEASON ENCORE PERFORMANCE
June 9, 2013
(Not part of PNB's subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2013.)

Pacific Northwest Ballet wraps up its 40th Anniversary season with the annual Season Encore Performance, a crowd-pleasing evening of some of the year's greatest hits.

NEXT STEP
June 14, 2013
(Not part of PNB's subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2013.)

32nd Annual PNB School Performance
June 15, 2013
Featuring Twyla Tharp's Sweet Fields
(Not part of PNB's subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2013.)


PNB ON TOUR
(Tour tickets not available through the PNB Box Office.)

July 6-8, 2012
Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds (July 1-10, 2012)
Spoleto, Italy

September 9-10, 2012
Guggenheim Museum Works & Process
New York, New York

October 11-14, 2012
Nevada Ballet Theatre
Las Vegas, Nevada

February 14-17, 2013
City Center Theatre
New York, New York

February 22-23
Royal Theatre
Victoria, British Columbia


TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 23. Pay no service fees on tickets purchased July 23 - 29. Money-saving season subscriptions are available now.

Tickets may be purchase through the PNB Box Office:
·         Phone: 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm)
·         In Person: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm)
·         Online: pnb.org (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 pnb.org. While there, sign up on PNB's email list, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter, and be among the first to learn about PNB news, casting and performance updates, ticket offers, and more.

PNB offers a variety of free or affordably-priced special events for most of its productions, including previews, conversations, lectures, and Q&As.  For more information, visit pnb.org and click on "Events & Offers" under each specific production's listing.