Kiyon Gaines

PNB Soloist

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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.

In addition to his performing career, Mr. Gaines is an aspiring choreographer. Among other works, he created blitz...Fantasy, {SCHWA}, Infinite Intricacies, and Interrupted Pri'si'zh'en for PNB's annual Choreographers' Showcase performances, and {SCHWA} was taken into PNB's repertory during the 2007 Celebrate Seattle Festival. In 2008, Mr. Gaines choreographed M-Pulse, set to a commissioned score by Cristina Spinei, for the Company repertory. He has also participated in the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine's Agon, Coppélia, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck, Bottom), Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Val Caniparoli's The Bridge and Torque; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels, and Serious Pleasures; Sonia Dawkins' Ripple Mechanics; 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; Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze (Six Dances); Mark Morris' A Garden; Victor Quijada’s Suspension of Disbelief; Jerome Robbins' The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, Glass Pieces, and Fancy Free; Kent Stowell's Cinderella (Harlequin) and Silver Lining; and Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Waterbaby Bagatelles.

Originated Leading Roles: Paul Gibson's The Piano Dance, Susan Stroman's TAKE FIVE…More or Less, and Twyla Tharp's Opus 111

Featured Roles

George Balanchine's Prodigal Son, La Sonnambula, and La Valse; Nicolo Fonte's Within/Without; Ronald Hynd's The Sleeping Beauty; Peter Martins' Fearful Symmetries; Kent 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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