Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 48th season, running from September, 2020 to June, 2021. Highlights include George Balanchine’s dazzling Jewels, and Crystal Pite’s remarkable Emergence; world premieres by Jessica Lang and Alejandro Cerrudo; the return of the popular story ballets Roméo et Juliette and Coppélia; and the PNB premieres of works by Penny Saunders, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon. The line-up concludes with a triple-bill of hits by Balanchine, Cerrudo, and Alexei Ratmansky. For family audiences, PNB is also presenting its all-matinee production of Snow White (performed by students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School) and of course, just in time for holiday season, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.
PNB is currently accepting season subscription renewals and new full-season subscription orders, and subscribers will have access to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale to the general public. For further information, contact the PNB Box Office by phone at 206.441.2424, online at PNB.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street. Discounted subscription rates are available for senior citizens and students with ID. All programming and dates are subject to change. For more information, visit PNB.org.
2020-2021 SEASON LINE-UP (programming subject to change):
Rep 1 – George Balanchine’s JEWELS September 25 – October 4, 2020
Opening the season with sparkling élan, George Balanchine’s Jewels is a perfect primer of the iconic choreographer’s style: Emeralds whispers of grace, courtesy, and French perfume; Rubies sizzles with American sass; and Diamonds conjures the magnificence of old St. Petersburg.
ALL PREMIERE celebrates a lineage of powerful female choreographers from Twyla Tharp, to Jessica Lang, to up-and-comer Penny Saunders, each with their own bright and arresting perspective.
So to Speak (PNB Premiere) Music: Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Dustin O’Halloran, Armand Amar Choreography: Penny Saunders Staging: Nick Schultz Scenic and Lighting Design: Andrew Lees Costume Design: Dona Jefferis Premiere: August 17, 2018; Royal New Zealand Ballet
Sweet Fields(PNB Premiere) Music: William Billings, William Walker, Abraham Wood, and Jeremiah Ingalls Choreography: Twyla Tharp Staging: Stacy Caddell Original Costume Design: Norma Kamali Original Lighting Design: Jennifer TiptonPremiere: September 20, 1996; Tharp! (Berkeley, CA)
Stabat Mater(World Premiere) Music: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Choreography and Scenic Design: Jessica Lang Costume Design: Jillian Lewis Lighting Design: Reed Nakayama
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® November 27 – December 27, 2020 (Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets go on sale July 22.)
The Northwest’s favorite holiday tradition! PNB’s production of the iconic Balanchine ballet features sets and costumes designed by children’s author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig).
“One of the most beautiful ballets adapted from Shakespeare’s masterpiece that can be seen today.” (Scènes Magazine) Jean-Christophe Maillot infuses Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers with intoxicating emotion and heart-rending beauty.
Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot Staging: Gaby Baars, Bernice Coppieters, Giovanna Lorenzoni Scenic Design: Ernest Pignon-Ernest Costume Design: Jérôme Kaplan Lighting Design: Dominique Drillot Premiere: December 23, 1996; Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo PNB Premiere: January 31, 2008
Rep 4 – DIRECTOR’S CHOICE March 19 – 28, 2021
Contemporary masters explore life in our increasingly complicated world in this year’s DIRECTOR’S CHOICE line-up. Crystal Pite’s riveting audience favorite, Emergence, will share the stage with Bound To, Christopher Wheeldon’s essay on disconnectedness in these tech-obsessed times, and a world premiere by PNB resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo (One Thousand Pieces, Little mortal jump) completes the triple-bill.
Bound To (PNB Premiere) Music: Keaton Henson Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Scenic and Costume Design: Jean-Marc Puissant Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls Premiere: April 20, 2018; San Francisco Ballet
World Premiere Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo
Emergence Music: Owen Belton Choreography: Crystal Pite Staging: Hope Muir Scenic Design: Jay Gower Taylor Costume Design: Linda Chow Lighting Design: Andrew Brodie Premiere: March 4, 2009; National Ballet of Canada PNB Premiere: November 8, 2013
Snow White March 21 – 28, 2020 (Part of PNB’s “Family Matinees” series. Call the PNB Box Office for details.) Featuring students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School.
Who’s the fairest of them all? Snow White, of course! Danced by the students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, this hour-long narrated matinee version of the treasured classic was designed for younger audience members.
Music: Jules Massenet Concept and Choreography: Bruce Wells Staging: Michele Curtis Scenic Design and Properties: Edie Whitsett Costume Design: Pacific Northwest Ballet Costume Shop Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Rep 5 – Coppélia April 16 – 25, 2021
The return of the happiest ballet on earth! A hilarious and charming tale of mistaken identity, Coppélia promises bravura classical ballet, exquisite scenery and costumes, and pristine choreography for the PNB company plus 24 tiny dancers from the PNB School.
This collection of works pays homage to ballet’s past while ushering the art form into the future. From the intensely theatrical Pictures at an Exhibition by Alexei Ratmansky, to the hypnotic flow of Alejandro Cerrudo’s Silent Ghost, to the fountainhead of contemporary classicism – George Balanchine’s Apollo.
Silent Ghost Music: Dustin Hamman, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo Staging: Pablo Piantino Costume Design: Branimira Ivanova Lighting Design: Michael Korsch Premiere: July 10, 2015; Aspen Santa Fe Ballet PNB Premiere: November 2, 2018
Pictures at an Exhibition Music: Modest Mussorgsky Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky Staging: Wendy Whelan Costume Design: Adeline André Lighting Design: Mark Stanley Projection Design; Wendall K. Harrington (after Wassily Kandinsky) Premiere: October 2, 2014; New York City Ballet PNB Premiere: June 2, 2017
SEASON ENCORE PERFORMANCE Sunday, June 13, 2021 (Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2021.)
NEXT STEP: Outside/In Choreographers’ Showcase Friday, June 18, 2021 (Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2021.)
40th Annual PNB School Performances Saturday, June 19, 2021 (Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2021.)
TICKET INFORMATION: Money-saving full-season (six-show) subscriptions, starting at $190, are currently on sale. Subscriber benefits include free and easy ticket exchanges, discounts on additional single ticket purchases, pre-sale privileges for special performances, the opportunity to purchase pre-paid parking, 20% off PNB School Open dance classes for adults, discounts at local restaurants, and more. (Single tickets to the season line-up as well as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® go on sale to the public on Monday, July 20.)
Subscriptions may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:
In Person: 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center
Online: PNB.org (beginning March 1.)
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PNB offers a variety of free or affordably-priced special events for most of its productions, including previews, conversations, lectures, and Q&As. For more information, visit PNB.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s season is proudly sponsored by ArtsFund and Microsoft. Special thanks also to 4Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and The Wallace Foundation.