January 11, 2013 |

Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents Two Special Events in Conjunction with Seattle/New York Runs of Roméo et Juliette

SEATTLE, WA – In January 2008, Pacific Northwest Ballet brought Jean-Christophe Maillot’s masterful Roméo et Juliette to Seattle for its west coast premiere, making PNB the first American company to perform the work. Maillot’s contemporary interpretation of the great love story has been hailed throughout the world as "one of the most beautiful ballets adapted from Shakespeare's masterpiece that can be seen today" (Scènes Magazine), and became an audience favorite and a signature work in PNB’s repertory. Roméo et Juliette returns to the McCaw Hall stage for nine performances (February 1-10) as PNB continues its 40th Anniversary Season.

In conjunction with these performances, PNB is offering two very special presentations:

BUILDING A BALLET: ROMÉO ET JULIETTE AT PNB

Saturday, January 19, 3:00 pm

The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle 98109

Learn from PNB artistic staff how the company builds a production from the ground up, featuring an insider’s view of the construction of PNB’s own scenery and costumes for Roméo et Juliette. This 90-minute presentation features PNB costume shop manager Larae Theige Hascall, technical director Norbert Herriges, and principal dancer Carla Körbes and will include a presentation of costumes, props and design sketches. Tickets to BUILDING A BALLET are $20 each, available through the PNB Box Office. Note: Space is limited for this event.

NEW YORK TOUR PREVIEW

Tuesday, February 5, 5:30 pm

The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle 98109

Don’t miss this 90-minute preview of PNB’s upcoming tour to New York’s City Center of Music and Drama. The City Center engagement – featuring an evening of Balanchine works (Agon, Apollo andConcerto Barocco) and three performances of Roméo et Juliette – marks PNB’s first full-company appearance in New York since 1996, and the New York debut of the PNB Orchestra under the direction of music director/principal conductor Emil de Cou. Tickets to the NEW YORK TOUR PREVIEW are $20 each, available through the PNB Box Office.

In addition to these two special events, don’t miss the free BALLET PREVIEW on Tuesday, January 29 at 12:00 pm. PNB Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer a free lunch-hour lecture providing insights about Roméo et Juliette complete with video excerpts. 12:00 noon at the Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to PNB events* and performances 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: www.pnb.org (24/7)

*No tickets necessary for the free Jan. 29 preview at Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave.

Roméo et Juliette runs February 1 through 10 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office. (Audience Advisory: Content may not be appropriate for young children.)

Following the Seattle engagement, PNB heads east for four performances at New York City Center: An evening of Balanchine works on February 13, and three performances of Roméo et Juliette, February 15 - 16. Tickets to the New York performances start at $25 and may be purchased by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, online at nycitycenter.org, or in person at the City Center Box Office, 131 West 55th Street (between 6th & 7th).

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The 2008 PNB premiere of Roméo et Juliette was generously underwritten by Dan & Pam Baty. PNB is also grateful to Dan & Pam Baty for their leadership support to underwrite new sets and costumes forRoméo et Juliette in 2013. Media sponsors are The Seattle Times and KOMO 4. Roméo et Juliette is a co-production between Pacific Northwest Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. PNB’s 2012-2013 40th Anniversary Season is proudly sponsored by Microsoft Corporation and ArtsFund. Additional season support is provided by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture - King County Lodging Tax. Special thanks to Raisbeck Engineering, Principal Sponsor of PNB’s performances at New York City Center.

Schedule and programming subject to change. For more information, please visit www.pnb.org.

PUBLICITY CONTACT

Gary D Tucker

Media Relations Manager

206.441.2426

gtucker@pnb.org

Pacific Northwest Ballet

301 Mercer Street

Seattle, WA 98109

206.441.2424

www.pnb.org

See it in Seattle…or New York!

PNB presents Jean-Christophe Maillot’s

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE

February 1-10: McCaw Hall at Seattle Center

Tickets: 206.441.2424 or www.pnb.org

February 15-16: New York City Center

Tickets: 212-581-1212 or www.nycitycenter.org

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