October 3, 2012 |

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET

Plus new works by PNB artists Kiyon Gaines, Margaret Mullin, and Andrew Bartee

November 2 – 11, 2012

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

“[Mark] Morris richly illuminates his music. With most choreographers, the dancing takes precedence over the score. With Morris, aided by his superb dancers and musicians, there is no conflict. Our ears are as marvellingly attuned to the work as our eyes.” – Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

SEATTLE, WA – For the second production of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 40th Anniversary season, a four-pack of world premieres underscores the commitment to dance innovation and encouragement of emerging choreographers that has been central to PNB’s mission from its inception. Headliner Mark Morris—internationally acclaimed as his generation’s most musical choreographer—debuts his first commissioned ballet for PNB, set to Paul Hindemith’s cello concerto Kammermusik No. 3, Op. 36, No. 2. Artistic Director Peter Boal developed PNB’s NEXT STEP choreographers’ showcase to cultivate the Company’s current crop of young dance-makers. NEXT STEP veteran and Company soloist Kiyon Gaines debuts his second ballet for the mainstage, Sum Stravinsky, an homage to inspirations George Balanchine and Kent Stowell. Another pair of NEXT STEP participants, corps de ballet dancers Margaret Mullin and Andrew Bartee, make professional leaps forward with their first works for PNB’s repertory, Lost in Light and arms that work.

“Presenting world premieres from four choreographers in one program is part thrill, part risk and a good dose of discovery,” said Mr. Boal. “Ranging from the world renowned to the unknown, this program offers a nod to PNB’s long tradition of commissioning work from today’s most exciting choreographers.”

ALL PREMIERE runs for seven performances only, from November 2 through 11 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street, or online at pnb.org.

The line-up for ALL PREMIERE will feature:

Kammermusik No. 3 – World Premiere

Music: Paul Hindemith (Kammermusik No. 3, Op. 36 No. 2, 1925)

Choreography: Mark Morris

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Lighting Design: Michael Chybowski

Mark Morris’ Kammermusik No. 3 will be his first ballet choreographed for PNB’s mainstage repertory. PNB first presented a work by Mr. Morris (Pacific) in 2007, followed by A Garden in 2008. The world premiere of Mr. Morris' Kammermusik No. 3 is generously underwritten by Peter & Peggy Horvitz and Marcella McCaffray.

Mark Morris was born in Seattle, Washington, where he studied with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson. In the early years of his career, he performed with the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble, and later the dance companies of Lar Lubovitch, Hannah Kahn, Laura Dean, and Eliot Feld. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980, and has since created more than 130 works for the company. From 1988-1991, he was Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium. Among the works created during his time there were three evening-length dances: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Dido and Aeneas; and The Hard Nut. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Mr. Morris is also much in demand as a ballet choreographer and has received commissions from many ballet companies, including eight works for the San Francisco Ballet since 1994 and three works for American Ballet Theatre since 1988. His work is also in the repertory of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, New Zealand Ballet, Houston Ballet, English National Ballet, and The Royal Ballet. Mr. Morris, named music director of the 2013 Ojai Music Festival, is noted for his musicality and has been described as “undeviating in his devotion to music.” He has worked extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, English National Opera, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. In 1991, he was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation. In 2006, Mr. Morris received the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture and a WQXR Gramophone Special Recognition Award “for being an American ambassador for classical music at home and abroad.” He is the subject of a biography, Mark Morris, by Joan Acocella (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Marlowe & Company published a volume of photographs and critical essays entitled Mark Morris’ L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato: A Celebration. Mr. Morris is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He has received eleven honorary doctorates to date as well as the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement (2007), the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society (2010), and the Benjamin Franklin Laureate Prize for Creativity (2012). In 2001, he opened the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY, his company's first permanent home in the U.S., housing rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local children, as well as a school offering dance classes to students of all ages.

arms that work – World Premiere

Music: Barret Anspach

Choreography: Andrew Bartee

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Running time: 18 minutes

This will be Andrew Bartee’s first piece choreographed for the mainstage. The world premiere of Mr. Bartee’s arms that work is made possible by The Jerome Robbins Foundation.

Andrew Bartee is from Everett, Washington. He studied on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and attended summer courses at PNB School and the School of American Ballet. He was the first recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School and a 2007 Princess Grace Award recipient. Mr. Bartee joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009. In the past two years Mr. Bartee has created works for PNB’s NEXT STEP choreographers’ showcase, and also performs regularly with the contemporary dance ensemble Whim W’Him.

Sum Stravinsky – World Premiere

Music: Igor Stravinsky (Concerto in E-Flat, “Dumbarton Oaks 8-v-1938,” 1937-1938, and Octet, 1923)

Choreography: Kiyon Gaines

Costume Design: Pauline Smith

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Running time: 16 minutes

Sum Stravinsky will be Kiyon Gaines’ second ballet choreographed for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s mainstage, following M-Pulse, in 2008. The world premiere of Mr. Gaines' Sum Stravinsky is generously underwritten by Patty Edwards.

Kiyon Gaines is from Baltimore, Maryland. He trained at Baltimore School of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2001 and was promoted to soloist in 2012. Equally at home in dance styles from tap to classical ballet, Mr. Gaines originated leading roles in Paul Gibson's The Piano Dance, Susan Stroman's TAKE FIVE…More or Less, and Twyla Tharp's Opus 111. In addition to his performing career, Mr. Gaines is a rising choreographer whose works include blitz...Fantasy, ə{SCHWA}, Infinite Intricacies, and Interrupted Pri'si'zh'en, created for PNB's NEXT STEP annual choreographers' showcase. ə{SCHWA} was subsequently taken into PNB's repertory during the 2007 Celebrate Seattle Festival. In 2008, he choreographed M-Pulse, set to a commissioned score by Cristina Spinei, for the Company repertory. Mr. Gaines has also been a participant in the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute.

Lost in Light – World Premiere

Music: Dan Coleman

Choreography: Margaret Mullin

Costume Design: Alexis Mondragon

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Running time: 20 minutes

This will be Margaret Mullin’s first piece choreographed for the mainstage; the world premiere of Lost in Light is generously underwritten in part by Sharon Richardson and Joan Fitzmaurice.

Margaret Mullin is from Tucson, Arizona. She studied on scholarship at Ballet Arts Tucson with Mary-Beth Cabana and at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and attended summer courses at Ballet Tucson, PNB School, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp with Jefferson Baum. She was the recipient of a Thurber Scholarship Award in 2003 and 2004, and the 2007 Founding Director Scholarship Award from Angela Whitehill of Burklyn Ballet. Ms. Mullin joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008, was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009, and was honored with a Princess Grace Award in 2011. Previously, Ms. Mullin has choreographed works for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s NEXT STEP annual choreographers’ showcase. She has also choreographed works, performed as a guest artist, and has served as a guest teacher for Ballet Tucson and Ballet Arts School in Tucson.

TICKET INFORMATION

ALL PREMIERE runs November 2-11 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. Showtimes are 7:30 pm November 2, 3 and 8-10 with a 2:00 pm matinee on November 3 and a 1:00 pm matinee on November 11. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased 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: pnb.org (24/7)

Tickets are also available, subject to availability, 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street.

DISCOUNT OFFERS & SPECIAL EVENTS

$15 TICKETS FOR AGE 25 & UNDER

All Thursday and Friday performances: November 2, 8 & 9 at 7:30 pm

One ticket for $15 or two for $25 for patrons 25 years and younger! To purchase tickets, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424 or visit 301 Mercer Street. This offer is good for November 2, 8 and 9 performances only. Offer is subject to availability and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid ID upon ticket retrieval.

TEEN TIX

PNB is a proud participant of Seattle Center’s Teen Tix program. Members 13-19 years old can purchase tickets to PNB performances and other music, dance, theater and arts events for only $5. To join Teen Tix or view a list of participating organizations, visit seattlecenter.com/teentix.

STUDENT AND SENIOR RUSH TICKETS

Subject to availability, half-price tickets for students and senior citizens (65+) may be purchased in-person with ID, beginning 90 minutes prior to show time at the McCaw Hall box office.

GROUP SALES

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For group tickets, please call 206.441.2416, email juliej@pnb.org or visit pnb.org/Season/GroupTix.

FRIDAY PREVIEWS

Friday, October 26, 6:00 pm

The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle

Join us for an hour-long dance preview led by Artistic Director Peter Boal and featuring PNB dancers rehearsing excerpts from ALL PREMIERE. PNB Friday Previews offer an upbeat and up-close view of the Company preparing to put dance on stage. Tickets, $10 each, are on sale now. (These events often sell out in advance.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.

BALLET PREVIEW — FREE

Tuesday, October 30, 12:00 noon

Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

Join PNB for a free lunch-hour preview lecture at the Central Seattle Public Library. Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about ALL PREMIERE, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.

LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lecture 6:00 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Dress Rehearsal 7:00 pm, McCaw Hall

Join PNB artistic staff for an engaging discussion during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. Attend the lecture only or stay for the rehearsal. Tickets are $12 for the lecture, or $30 for the lecture and dress rehearsal, and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.

Pre-Performance Lectures

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Join Education Programs 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.

Post-Performance Q&A

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.

POST-PERFORMANCE BOOK SIGNING – Dancers Among Us

Sunday, November 11, 3:15 pm

Amusements Gift Shop at McCaw Hall

Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday by Jordan Matter presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers – including six PNB Company members – leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking—but in the midst of everyday life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, a restaurant, a park. Join photographer Matter and PNB dancers Kyle Davis, Angelica Generosa, Eric Hipolito Jr., Sarah Pasch, Sean Rollofson, and Ezra Thomson for a book-signing immediately following the final performance of ALL PREMIERE. “Honest and spontaneous, his pictures are sure to resonate with dancers and non-dancers alike.” –DANCE magazine

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