Kiyon Gaines

PNB Soloist

Kiyon Gaines © Angela Sterling

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.

As a choreographer, Mr. Gaines created blitz…Fantasy, ə {SCHWA}, Infinite Intricacies, and Interrupted Pri’si’zh’en for PNB’s annual Choreographers’ Showcase performances. ə{SCHWA} was taken into PNB’s repertory during the 2007 Celebrate Seattle Festival. He also choreographed M-Pulse, set to a commissioned score by Cristina Spinei, for the Company repertory in 2008, and Sum Stravinsky in 2012. Mr. Gaines has also participated in the New York Choreographic Institute.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine’s Agon, Coppélia, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck, Lysander, Bottom), Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge and Torque; Sonia Dawkins’ Ripple Mechanics; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels and Serious Pleasures; Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat and Rassemblement; William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced; Paul Gibson’s Sense of Doubt; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow and The Sleeping Beauty (Puss in Boots); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land, Petite Mort, and Sechs Tänze (Six Dances); Mark Morris’ A Garden; Crystal Pite’s Emergence; Victor Quijada’s Suspension of Disbelief; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, Fancy Free, and Glass Pieces; Kent Stowell’s Cinderella (Harlequin), Silver Lining, and Swan Lake (Jester, Wolfgang, Neopolitan Dance); and Twyla Tharp’s Brief Fling, In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Waterbaby Bagatelles.

Originated Leading Roles: Paul Gibson's The Piano Dance, Margaret Mullin’s Lost in Light, Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE … More or Less, and Twyla Tharp’s Opus 111 and Waiting at the Station.

Featured Roles

George Balanchine’s Diamonds, Prodigal Son, La Sonnambula, and La Valse; Nicolo Fonte’s Within/Without; Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries; Stowell’s Firebird, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet; Paul Taylor’s Roses; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance) and Variations Sérieuses.

Originated Featured Roles: Dominique Dumais' Time and other Matter.

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