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Artistic Director’s Notebook: Bacchus, One Thousand Pieces

March 7th, 2024|Director's Notebook, Performances|

"We all have our harrowing stories from mid-March of 2020. Naturally, mine involves PNB. On the morning of March 12th Executive Director Ellen Walker informed me all theaters on Seattle Center campus had been asked to suspend any further activity. I told her I needed twelve more hours. That night we were scheduled to take the stage for the dress rehearsal of David Dawson’s Empire Noir and Alejandro Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces. Though we were able to run and film the dress rehearsal before retreating to our homes, PNB has never performed the complete One Thousand Pieces for a live audience. How grateful we are to finally bring this piece to the stage with you in the audience.

A Window into One Thousand Pieces’ Inspiration

February 28th, 2024|Performances|

PNB’s next performance features Alejandro Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces. This large-scale work is inspired by Marc Chagall’s America Windows. Today on the PNB Blog, we’ll dive deep into Chagall’s stained-glass masterpiece and how it influences One Thousand Pieces.

PNB Black History Month Profile: Jonathan Batista

February 22nd, 2024|Black History Month Profiles, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (I.D.E.A.), Q&A with Dancers, Choreographers & Staff|

PNB invited employees who celebrate Black History Month to share their stories with us – we hope you enjoy this profile of Jonathan Batista, PNB Company dancer.

PNB Black History Month Profile: Zsilas Michael Hughes

February 21st, 2024|Black History Month Profiles, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (I.D.E.A.), Q&A with Dancers, Choreographers & Staff|

PNB invited employees who celebrate Black History Month to share their stories with us – we hope you enjoy this profile of Zsilas Michael Hughes, PNB Company dancer.

PNB Black History Month Profile: Betty Agent

February 20th, 2024|Black History Month Profiles, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (I.D.E.A.), Q&A with Dancers, Choreographers & Staff|

PNB invited employees who celebrate Black History Month to share their stories with us – we hope you enjoy this profile of Betty Agent, PNB Orchestra's Assistant Principal Violist.

Meet PNB’s Newest Company Dancers!

February 16th, 2024|Dancers, Q&A with Dancers, Choreographers & Staff|

PNB is excited to introduce you to our newest company dancers, Kali Kleiman, Emerson Boll, and Samuel Portillo. These three dancers joined PNB's Company just this season! Get to know each artist a little better in these brief interviews.

Black Ballet History Reading List

February 5th, 2024|Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (I.D.E.A.), Life at PNB|

As a part of PNB’s celebration of Black History Month 2024, we’ve created a list of books that celebrate black excellence in dance. From classic picture books to exciting releases, there’s a book here for any ballet lover looking to learn more about the art form’s history. Read on to see which book you’ll be adding to your “tbr” pile!

A Day in the Life of a Professional Division Student: Rehearsing Swan Lake

January 30th, 2024|Performances, PNB School|

PNB School's Professional Division Program is designed to help students transition from student to professional dancer by perfecting technique and developing artistry. Performing is an important part of the program, and many PD’s look forward to dancing alongside PNB’s Company dancers on the McCaw Hall Stage.  Sofia Bidne is one such student, and she’s been selected to perform in Swan Lake this season! We sat down with Sofia to chat about her daily routine while rehearsing Swan Lake.

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