Laura Tisserand

PNB Principal Dancer

Laura Tisserand © Angela Sterling

Laura Tisserand is from Hammond, Louisiana. She trained with Phoebe Brantley in Baton Rouge, Joseph Giacobbe and Richard Rholdon in New Orleans, and on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2003 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2004, soloist in 2010, and principal in 2013.

Ms. Tisserand has performed as a guest artist with Lafayette Ballet Theatre.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Coppélia (Discord and War), Diamonds, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania, Divertissement pas de deux), Prodigal Son, Rubies, Serenade, and Symphony in C; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Myrtha, Bathilde); David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven and Red Angels; William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced; Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky; Paul Gibson’s The Piano Dance; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Gold and Silver pas de trois); Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette (Lady Capulet); Mark Morris’ Pacific; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows; Crystal Pite’s Emergence; Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote (Juanita, Queen of the Dryads); Brian Reeder’s Lost Language of the Flight Attendant; Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces, In the Night, and West Side Story Suite (Rosalia); Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Cinderella (Fairy Godmother, Stepmother), Nutcracker (Clara, Flora, Peacock), Silver Lining, and Swan Lake (Black Swan pas de deux, Persian Dance); Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less; Twyla Tharp’s Afternoon Ball and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Variations Sérieuses (Ballerina).

Originated Leading Roles:Benjamin Millepied’s 3 Movements, Mark Morris’ Kammermusik No. 3, Margaret Mullin’s Lost in Light, Twyla Tharp’s Waiting at the Station, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic.

Featured Roles

George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments, and La Valse; Trisha Brown's Spanish Dance; Kent Stowell's Hail to the Conquering Hero; and Richard Tanner's Ancient Airs and Dances.

Photos of Laura Tisserand


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