Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the line-up for PNB’s 50th Anniversary Season, running from September 2022 through June 2023. Highlights include six world premieres, a major PNB premiere from Crystal Pite, and story ballets Giselle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as works by George Balanchine, Edwaard Liang, Penny Saunders, and PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell. (Plus, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.) PNB plans to continue offering its digital subscription as well so audiences across the country and around the world can attend the show. (Digital season will not run day-and-date with the live performances.) PNB is currently accepting season subscription renewals, new subscriptions, and digital-season subscription orders; single tickets to the season, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® will go on sale to the public later this summer. For further information, contact the PNB Box Office by phone at 206.441.2424, or online at PNB.org. As always, everything is subject to change.
REP I – CARMINA BURANA
September 23 – October 2, 2022
What better way to begin our 50th Anniversary Season than Kent Stowell’s epic Carmina Burana? Experience the unmatched energy, spectacle, and exuberant dance of this PNB fan favorite, complimented by the concentrated passion of George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and a world premiere by Alexei Ratmansky (Don Quixote, Pictures at an Exhibition).
Allegro Brillante Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: George Balanchine Staging: Peter Boal Costume Design: Karinska Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
WORLD PREMIERE Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
Carmina Burana Music: Carl Orff Choreography: Kent Stowell Costume Design: Theoni V. Aldredge; additional costumes by Larae Theige Hascall Scenic Design: Ming Cho Lee Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
REP II – THE SEASONS’ CANON
November 4 – 13, 2022
A 50th Anniversary coup! This collection of innovative ballets beautifully demonstrates the vast landscape from which choreographic creativity can spring. PNB is thrilled to be the second company to present Crystal Pite’s The Seasons’ Canon, which joins Emergence and Plot Point in PNB’s expanding collection of Pite works. The Seasons’ Canon joins a world premiere by international choreographer and artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet Dwight Rhoden and George Balanchine’s musically-modeled Duo Concertant.
WORLD PREMIERE Choreography: Dwight Rhoden Lighting Design: Michael Korsch
Duo Concertant Music: Igor Stravinsky Choreography: George Balanchine Staging: Peter Boal Costume Design: Holly Hynes Lighting Design: Mark Stanley, after Ronald Bates
The Seasons’ Canon (PNB Premiere) Music: Max Richter (Recomposed by Max Richter: Antonio Vivaldi) Choreography: Crystal Pite Scenic Design: Jay Gower Taylor Costume Design: Nancy Bryant Lighting Design: Tom Visser
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®
November 25 – December 28, 2022 (NOTE: Not part of the 2022-23 Subscription season.)
Celebrate the holidays with renewed gusto! With its classic score, thrilling dancing, resplendent costumes, and magical scenery, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is the perfect centerpiece for any holiday celebration. Cheers!
On the three-year anniversary of the March 2020 closure, some of PNB’s favorite pandemic-era collaborators share the McCaw Hall stage. Alejandro Cerrudo, Jessica Lang, and Penny Saunders consistently turn their creative minds toward the dance world and theatrical conventions. They seek to improve upon and play with our expectations, and push boundaries, both metaphorically and physically. Savor Saunders’ theater-roving Wonderland and premieres from Cerrudo and Lang.
Wonderland Original Music & Adaptations: Michael Wall Additional Music: Jean-Philippe Goude, Hugues Le Bars, Erik Satie, Camille Saint-Saëns, Stephen Foster Choreography: Penny Saunders Costume Design: Melanie Burgess Lighting Design: Trad A Burns Sound Design: Penny Saunders Premiere: November 12, 2020, PNB (digital season)
WORLD PREMIERE Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo Scenic and Costume Design: Karen Young Lighting Design: Tom Visser
WORLD PREMIERE Music: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Choreography: Jessica Lang Scenic and Costume Design: Jillian Lewis