Karel Cruz - Pacific Northwest Ballet

Karel Cruz

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PNB Principal Dancer
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Leading Roles

George Balanchine
  • Agon
  • Apollo
  • Concerto Barocco
  • Coppélia (Discord and War)
  • Diamonds
  • Emeralds
  • The Four Temperaments
  • George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Divertissement pas de deux, Theseus, Cavalier)
  • Prodigal Son
  • Serenade
  • Symphony in C
  • Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
  • La Valse
Peter Boal
  • Giselle (Albrecht)
Val Caniparoli
  • The Bridge
  • The Seasons*
David Dawson
  • Empire Noir
Ulysses Dove
  • Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven
  • Serious Pleasures
Nacho Duato
  • Jardí Tancat
William Forsythe
  • Artifact II
  • New Suite
Kiyon Gaines
  • M-Pulse*
  • Sum Stravinsky*
Paul Gibson
  • Mozart Pieces*
  • The Piano Dance
  • Sense of Doubt
Ronald Hynd
  • The Merry Widow
  • The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund, Gold and Silver pas de trois)
Jiri Kylian
  • Forgotten Land
  • Petite Mort
Edwaard Liang
  • Für Alina
Stacy Lowenberg
  • Rushed Goodbye
Jean-Christophe Maillot
  • Roméo et Juliette (Friar Laurence)
Benjamin Millepied
  • Appassionata
Mark Morris
  • Pacific
Margaret Mullin
  • Lost in Light
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
  • Cylindrical Shadows
Justin Peck
  • Year of the Rabbit
Toni Pimble
  • Two’s Company
Crystal Pite
  • Emergence
Alexei Ratmansky
  • Concerto DSCH
  • Don Quixote (Basilio, Espada)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition
Jerome Robbins
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • Glass Pieces
  • In the Night
  • West Side Story Suite (Bernardo)
Kent Stowell
  • Carmina Burana
  • Cinderella (Prince)
  • Firebird
  • Nutcracker (Prince)
  • Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried)
  • The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt)
Price Suddarth
  • Signature*
Richard Tanner
  • Ancient Airs and Dances
Lynne Taylor-Corbett
  • Mercury
Twyla Tharp
  • Nine Sinatra Songs
  • Opus 111
  • Waterbaby Bagatelles
Christopher Wheeldon
  • After the Rain pas de deux
  • Polyphonia

* Originated role

Karel Cruz is from Holguin, Cuba, and received his training at Cuba’s Escuela Nacional de Artes. He joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 1996 and left in 1998 to join Ballet Clasico de Camara in Venezuela. From 1999 to 2000, he danced with Teatro Teresa Carreno, also in Venezuela. After coming to the United States, Mr. Cruz spent a year at the Rock School before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2002. He was promoted to soloist in 2007 and principal in 2009.

In 2013, Mr. Cruz performed as a guest artist with Royal New Zealand Ballet.

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