Studio Presentations, Seminars, and Lecture-Demonstrations

2013–2014 Season


Tickets: $25 General Admission/$20 Subscribers**

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Guggenheim “Works and Process” Preview: Petipa Exotique

Studio Presentation
Thursday, February 20, 2014; 5:30-7:00 pm
The Phelps Center, Studio C
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Pacific Northwest Ballet in La Bayadère: (l-r) Amanda Clark, Leta Biasucci, Carli Samuelson, Liora Neuville. Photo © Jesson Mata.

PNB returns to the Guggenheim Museum’s “Works and Process” series with “Petipa Exotique,” a program of dances by legendary French ballet master Marius Petipa whose stories are set in what for 19th-century European audiences would have been exotic locales. Revived from century old dance notation, excerpts from Petipa’s famed La Bayadère (India) and Le Roi Candaules (Lydia), as well as his staging of the swashbuckler Le Corsaire (Turkey), will be presented in this studio preview by PNB dancers accompanied by two violinists in the traditional rehearsal medium of 19th-century St. Petersburg. Featuring Michael Jinsoo Lim and Brittany Boulding, Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster, respectively, of the PNB Orchestra.

All About Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Seminar
Saturday, March 1, 2014; 3:00-5:00 pm
The Phelps Center, Jane Davis Board Room
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Fresh off its hundredth birthday, Stravinsky’s notorious Rite of Spring continues to fascinate audiences around the world. Learn about the riotous Paris premiere of this great work and how it has inspired dozens of subsequent productions, watch excerpts from the 1988 reconstruction of the original for the Joffrey Ballet, and chat with PNB dancers who will perform Molissa Fenley’s solo interpretation, State of Darkness, on PNB’s DIRECTOR’S CHOICE program.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Pacific Northwest

Seminar
Saturday, April 5, 2014; 3:00-4:30 pm
The Phelps Center, Jane Davis Board Room
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PNB’s 1997 production of George Balanchine’s brilliant A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the first re-design of a full-length Balanchine ballet authorized by the George Balanchine Trust. Designed by Martin Pakledinaz and inspired by Northwest flora and fauna, the production became a calling card for PNB, which toured it to Edinburgh, Istanbul, and Hong Kong, as well as London, where it was filmed by the BBC in 1998. Hear from the artists involved in building Midsummer, view a display of costumes, scenic designs and models, and watch excerpts from the award-winning DVD.

Reviving Giselle

Studio Presentation
Tuesday, May 13, 2014; 5:30-7:00 pm
The Phelps Center, Studio C
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Peter Boal’s staging of the iconic Romantic-era ballet Giselle garnered international attention and acclaim when it premiered in June 2011. In this studio coaching session, explore the rich characterizations of Giselle, Albrecht, and Myrtha (Queen of the Wilis) that have developed from a combination of French and Russian sources, utilized by Mr. Boal and his team of dance historians, and the wealth of Giselle tradition.

Giselle: New Designs for PNB’s Stellar Production

Seminar
Saturday, May 17, 2014; 3:00-4:30 pm
The Phelps Center, Studio C
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Peter Boal has commissioned Parisian designer Jérôme Kaplan (Roméo et Juliette, Don Quixote) to create new designs to complement PNB’s unique staging of Giselle. Hear from Boal and PNB’s team of artists about the process of designing and building the scenery and costumes for this historically-informed production, while viewing a selection of sketches, fabric swatches, costumes, scenic models, and props.

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