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Jonathan Porretta

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PNB Principal Dancer
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Leading Roles

George Balanchine
  • Agon
  • Coppélia (Franz)
  • Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”
  • The Four Temperaments
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Candy Cane)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon, Puck)
  • Prodigal Son
  • Rubies
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Morrisine)
  • Square Dance
  • Symphony in C
  • Symphony in Three Movements
Andrew Bartee
  • arms that work*
Peter Boal
  • Giselle (Peasant pas de deux)
Todd Bolender
  • Souvenirs
Val Caniparoli
  • The Bridge
  • Lambarena
  • Torque
Alejandro Cerrudo
  • Memory Glow
David Dawson
  • A Million Kisses to my Skin
Ulysses Dove
  • Red Angels
  • Serious Pleasures
Nacho Duato
  • Rassemblement
Dominique Dumais
  • Time and other Matter*
Molissa Fenley
  • State of Darkness
Nicolo Fonte
  • Almost Tango*
William Forsythe
  • Artifact II
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
  • New Suite
  • One Flat Thing, reproduced
  • The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Kiyon Gaines
  • Sum Stravinsky*
Marco Goecke
  • Mopey
  • Place a Chill*
Ronald Hynd
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Carabosse, Bluebird pas de deux, Gold and Silver pas de trois)
Jiri Kylian
  • Forgotten Land
Jean-Christophe Maillot
  • Roméo et Juliette (Mercutio)
Peter Martins
  • Fearful Symmetries
Mark Morris
  • A Garden
  • Kammermusik No. 3
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
  • Cylindrical Shadows
Kevin O’Day
  • [soundaroun(d)ance]
David Parsons
  • Caught
Kirk Peterson
  • Amazed in Burning Dreams
Marius Petipa
  • Paquita
Crystal Pite
  • Emergence
Victor Quijada
  • Suspension of Disbelief*
Jerome Robbins
  • Circus Polka
  • The Concert
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Fancy Free
  • In the Night
Christopher Stowell
  • Quick Time*
  • Zaïs*
Kent Stowell
  • Carmina Burana
  • Cinderella (Prince, Jester)
  • Dual Lish*
  • Hail to the Conquering Hero
  • Nutcracker (Prince)
  • Silver Lining
  • Swan Lake (Jester)
  • The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio)
Susan Stroman
  • TAKE FIVE…More or Less*
Richard Tanner
  • Ancient Airs and Dances
Lynne Taylor-Corbett
  • The Ballad of You and Me
  • Mercury
Glen Tetley
  • The Rite of Spring
  • Voluntaries
Twyla Tharp
  • Afternoon Ball
  • Brief Fling
  • In the Upper Room
  • Nine Sinatra Songs
  • Opus 111*
  • Waiting at the Station*
  • Waterbaby Bagatelles
Christopher Wheeldon
  • Polyphonia

* Originated role

Jonathan Porretta is from Totowa, New Jersey. He trained on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. Mr. Porretta joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1999. He was promoted to corps de ballet in 2000, soloist in 2002, and principal in 2005.

Mr. Porretta has danced with Dances Patrelle in New York and has performed as a guest artist with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Opera Baout-there-jpllet.

Mr. Porretta’s book, Out There: Jonathan Porretta’s Life in Dance, is now available at Amusements. The book’s message—“Be yourself and people will love you for who you are”—comes through clearly in Marcie Sillman’s crisp, engaging prose. Family snapshots and exquisite dance photography by Angela Sterling represent key moments in Mr. Porretta’s career thus far.

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