Lucien Postlewaite | Principal Dancer2023-10-02T13:05:40-07:00


Lucien Postlewaite (he/him) is from Santa Cruz, California. He trained on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. While a Professional Division student at PNB School, he received a Level II Award for ballet in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts’ 2003 Arts Recognition and Talent Search. Mr. Postlewaite joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2003, was promoted to corps de ballet in 2004, soloist in 2007, and principal in 2008. He was a 2008 recipient of a Princess Grace Award. In 2012, Mr. Postlewaite joined Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, and in 2017, he re-joined to PNB as a principal dancer.

While at Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Mr. Postlewaite performed leading roles in Forsythe’s New Sleep; Kylian’s Bella Figura and Gods and Dogs; and Maillot’s Altro Canto, La Belle, Cendrillon, Faust, LAC, Scheherazade, and Vers un Pays Sage. He originated leading roles in Pontus Lidberg’s Summer’s Winter Shadow and Maillot’s Casse-Noisette Compagnie, Choré, and Entrelacs.

Mr. Postlewaite has performed as a guest artist with New York City Ballet on seventy-fifth anniversary gala for the School of American Ballet. He is featured in the film Casse-Noisette Compagnie by Jean-Christophe Maillot. In 2019, Mr. Postlewaite was invited by the Fire Island Dance Festival to organize a commission for its annual gala (Garrett Smith’s Continuum). In addition to performing on galas worldwide, Mr. Postlewaite has performed Petipa’s Paquita and Wevers’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Reiko Yamamoto Ballet Company in Japan, and Balanchine’s Tarantella with Los Angeles Ballet. He is an original member of Olivier Wevers’ Whim W’Him.

In 2021, he choreographed this is US, now for PNB’s NEXT STEP.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier)
The Four Temperaments
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon)
Prodigal Son
La Sonnambula
Square Dance
Symphony in C
Symphony in Three Movements
Theme and Variations
La Valse

Peter Boal
Giselle (Albrecht)

Donald Byrd
Love and Loss*

Val Caniparoli
The Bridge
The Seasons*

Alejandro Cerrudo
Little mortal jump
One Thousand Pieces
Silent Ghost

Kyle Davis
A Dark and Lonely Space

David Dawson
A Million Kisses to my Skin

Ulysses Dove
Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven
Red Angels
Serious Pleasures

Nacho Duato
Jardí Tancat

William Forsythe
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
One Flat Thing, reproduced

Kiyon Gaines
Interrupted Pri’si’zhen*

Paul Gibson
The Piano Dance*
Sense of Doubt*

Ronald Hynd
The Merry Widow (Camille)
The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund, Gold and Silver pas de trois)

Jiri Kylian
Petite Mort

Jessica Lang
Ghost Variations*

Edwaard Liang
The Veil Between Worlds*

José Limón
The Moor’s Pavane

Jean-Christophe Maillot
Roméo et Juliette (Romeo)

Benjamin Millepied
3 Movements*

Mark Morris
A Garden

Matthew Neenan

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Cylindrical Shadows

Justin Peck
In the Countenance of Kings
Year of the Rabbit

Miles Pertl
Wash of Gray

Crystal Pite

Plot Point

Victor Quijada
Mating Theory*
Suspension of Disbelief*

Alexei Ratmansky
Concerto DSCH
Don Quixote (Basilio)

Jerome Robbins
The Concert
Dances at a Gathering
Glass Pieces
In the Night
West Side Story Suite (Riff, Tony)

Penny Saunders

Eva Stone
F O I L*

Kent Stowell
Carmina Burana
Cinderella (Prince, Harlequin)
Nutcracker (Prince)
Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried)
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Susan Stroman
TAKE FIVE…More or Less

Richard Tanner
Ancient Airs and Dances

Glen Tetley
The Rite of Spring

Twyla Tharp
Afternoon Ball
In the Upper Room
Opus 111*
Waterbaby Bagatelles

Olivier Wevers

Christopher Wheeldon
After the Rain pas de deux
Curious Kingdom*

* Originated role

Headshot © Lindsay Thomas
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