Seth Orza

PNB Principal Dancer

Seth Orza © Angela Sterling

Seth Orza is from San Francisco, California. He trained at San Francisco Ballet School and on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 1999, he joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice. He became a corps de ballet member in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2007. Mr. Orza joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007 and was promoted to soloist in 2008 and principal in 2010.

In April 2009, Mr. Orza performed as a guest artist with San Francisco Ballet in George Balanchine's Emeralds.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine's Agon, Apollo, Coppélia (Franz), Diamonds, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cavalier, Divertissement pas de deux, Demetrius, Theseus), Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Symphony in C; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Albrecht); Val Caniparoli's The Seasons; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin; Ulysses Dove's Red Angels and Serious Pleasures; Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat; William Forsythe's One Flat Thing, reproduced; Paul Gibson's The Piano Dance and Sense of Doubt; Ronald Hynd's The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund, Gold and Silver pas de trois); Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort; Jean-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliette (Tybalt); Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada); Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun, Dances at a Gathering, Fancy Free, Glass Pieces, In the Night, and West Side Story Suite (Riff); Kent Stowell's Cinderella (Prince, Harlequin), Nutcracker (Prince), and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried); Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, Opus 111, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; and Christopher Wheeldon's Carousel (A Dance), Polyphonia, and Variations Sérieuses (Premier Danseur).

Originated Leading Roles: Benjamin Millepied's 3 Movements, Jonathan Porretta's Lacrymosa, and Susan Stroman's TAKE FIVE…More or Less.

At New York City Ballet, Mr. Orza danced leading roles in George Balanchine's Agon, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom, Lysander), The Nutcracker, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Symphony in C, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2; Peter Martins' Reliquary and Romeo + Juliet (Romeo); Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free, Fanfare, In Memory Of…, Interplay, and Piano Pieces; and Christopher Wheeldon's Carousel (A Dance), Evenfall, and Polyphonia.

Photos of Seth Orza


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