Join us in celebrating the incredible career of Kaori Nakamura or recognizing the leadership of David Brown by making a gift in their honor.
To make a gift in honor of the legacies of Kaori and David, please call 206.441.3593, or send a check to 301 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109 ATTN: Gifts in Honor
“To try to sum up the extraordinary talents of Kaori Nakamura is like asking to capture all the beautiful butterflies in the world with one swoop of a net…impossible,” says PNB principal dancer Jonathan Porretta, who has partnered Ms. Nakamura in several ballets. “Kaori embodies both artist and athlete. She is the epitome of grace and lightness, strength and fierceness…She has a twinkle in her eyes that is both full of mischief and love all at the same time. She is truly a dream come true. In a word, I would call her my idol.”
Kaori Nakamura is from Gumma, Japan. She trained at the Reiko Yamamoto Ballet Company and the School of American Ballet. In 1986, she won first prize at the 14th Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1988, she won a bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Ms. Nakamura joined Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1990, where she was made a principal dancer. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a soloist in 1997 and was promoted to principal in 1998.
After a 17-year career with the Company, principal dancer Kaori Nakamura will retire from performing at the end of PNB’s 2013-2014 season and will join the faculty of PNB School.
Over the past 13 years, Mr. Brown’s strategic vision, creative problem solving, careful financial oversight, and leadership have led PNB to achieve significant institutional milestones. PNB’s collective accomplishments are considerable and many of them have been critical to ensuring PNB’s continued reputation as a world class organization.
Mr. Brown has led PNB with optimism, resilience, determination, and creative solutions to steer through very difficult economic conditions. In addition to his dedicated service to Pacific Northwest Ballet and Boston Ballet, Mr. Brown has also been a tireless advocate for the field of dance in general, affecting change and providing visibility to the arts through his broader affiliations.
As Peter Boal recently said at PNB’s Annual Meeting in recognizing Mr. Brown’s upcoming retirement, “David epitomizes the PNB philosophy of working not for the advancement of the individual, but for the health of the institution. Great art doesn’t happen unless the conditions are in place to make it happen. Pacific Northwest Ballet can thank David for helping us to realize the financial security that allows the art, education, and inspiration to happen.”