Jonathan Porretta

PNB Principal Dancer

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

Jonathan’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 Sillman’s crisp, engaging prose. Family snapshots and exquisite dance photography by Angela Sterling show key moments in Porretta’s career thus far.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine’s Agon, Coppélia (Franz), Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”, The Four Temperaments, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon, Puck), Prodigal Son, Rubies, Square Dance,Symphony in C, and Symphony in Three Movements; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Peasant pas de deux); Todd Bolender’s Souvenirs; Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge, Lambarena and Torque; Alejandro Cerrudo’s Memory Glow; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels and Serious Pleasures; Molissa Fenley’s solo State of Darkness; William Forsythe’s Artifact II, In the middle, somewhat elevated, New SuiteOne Flat Thing, reproduced and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Marco Goecke’s Mopey; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Carabosse, Gold and Silver pas de trois, Bluebird pas de deux); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows; Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries; Mark Morris’ A Garden and Kammermusik No. 3; David Parsons’ Caught; Kirk Peterson’s Amazed in Burning Dreams; Marius Petipa’s Paquita; Crystal Pite’s Emergence; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote (Sancho Panza); Jerome Robbins’ Circus Polka, The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, and Fancy Free; Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Cinderella(Prince, Jester), Hail to the Conquering Hero, Nutcracker (Prince), Silver Lining, Swan Lake (Jester), and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio); Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less; Richard Tanner’s Ancient Airs and Dances; Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s The Ballad of You and Me and Mercury; Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring and Voluntaries; Twyla Tharp’s Afternoon Ball, Brief Fling, In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.

Originated Leading Roles:

In 2004, Mr. Stowell choreographed Dual Lish for Mr. Porretta and Noelani Pantastico. He also originated leading roles in Andrew Bartee’s arms that work, Nicolo Fonte’s Almost Tango, Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky, Goecke’s Place a Chill, Kevin O’Day’s [soundaroun(d)ance], Victor Quijada’sSuspension  of Disbelief, Christopher Stowell’s Quick Time and Zaïs, and Tharp’s Opus 111 and Waiting at the Station, and a featured role in Dominique Dumais’ Time and other Matter.

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