SEATTLE, WA—Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2014-2015 season. Highlights include a program devoted to the work of acclaimed choreographer William Forsythe; the return of popular works by George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky, David Dawson, and Nacho Duato; a world premiere by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck, a PNB premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; and a fond farewell to the Northwest’s favorite holiday tradition, Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak’s Nutcracker. (PNB will unveil a new production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ with sets and costumes by Ian Falconer in 2015.)

PNB is now accepting season subscription renewals and new subscription orders; New and renewing subscribers may also purchase tickets to the Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker, which goes on sale to the public on May 19.The PNB Box Office opens for 2014-2015 season ticket sales on Monday, July 21. For further information, contact the PNB Box Office by phone at 206.441.2424, online at, 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

2014-2015 SEASON LINE-UP:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Celebrate the opening of PNB’s 42nd season with a glamorous cocktail party, an elegant backstage dinner, and a dance party onstage after the performance! Edward Villella is scheduled to be PNB’s honored guest at our season kick-off gala. 

Rep 1– George Balanchine’s JEWELS

September 26 – October 5, 2014
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Elyse Borne Costume Design: KarinskaLighting Design: Mark Stanley        


Music: Gabriel Fauré


Music: Igor Stravinsky

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“Simple and complex, thought-provoking and crowd-pleasing, deeply traditional and utterly modern, [an] affirmation of Balanchine’s genius.” —The New York Times

Lindsi Dec (front) and Lesley Rausch in David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin  © Angela Sterling. 


November 7 – 16, 2014
A Million Kisses to My Skin
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography: David Dawson
Scenic Design: David Dawson
Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting Design: Bert Dalhuysen    

Music: Toto Bissainthe
Choreography: Nacho Duato
Scenic Design: Walter Nobbe
Costume Design: Nacho Duato
Lighting Design: Nicolas Fischtel

Before After (PNB Premiere)
Music: Marc Van Roon
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Costume and Lighting Design: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

World Premiere

Music: George Antheil
Choreography: Justin Peck

“[PNB has] pushed the envelope with world premieres by highly sought-after choreographers and emerging talent alike. Let’s just say Boal chooses well.” —Seattle Dances 

Jerome Tisserand and Lesley Rausch in Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker. ©Lindsay Thomas.

Stowell & Sendak NUTCRACKER

November 28 – December 28, 2014
(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Scenic & Costume Design: Maurice Sendak
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Seth Orza with Company Dancers in Don Quixote  © Angela Sterling

Rep 3DON QUIXOTE (to be confirmed)

January 30 – February 8, 2015  
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky with additional choreography and staging by Alexei Ratmansky
Scenic and Costume Design: Jerome Kaplan Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

“A visual explosion of costume and color, spirited dancers, and humorous acting…a brilliant theatrical success.”—City Arts

Carrie Imler and Jonathan Porretta in William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated © Angela Sterling.


March 13 – 22, 2015
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
(PNB Premiere)
Music: Franz Schubert
Choreography: William Forsythe
Costume Design: Stephen Galloway
Scenic and Lighting Design: William Forsythe

New Suite
(PNB Premiere)
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Luciano Berio, Gavin Bryars, George Frederic Handel, Thom Willems
Choreography: William Forsythe
Scenic and Lighting Design: William Forsythe

In the middle, somewhat elevated

Music: Thom Willems
Choreography: William Forsythe
Scenic, Costume and Lighting Design: William Forsythe

“In short, Forsythe lobbed a live grenade into the laps of those who’d always seen ballet as picturesque and safe.”—The Independent

Elle Macy in Snow White  © Angela Sterling. 


March 15 – 21, 2015
(Part of PNB’s “Family Matinees” subscription package. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

Music: Jules Massenet
Choreography: Bruce Wells
Scenic Design: Edith Whitsett
Costume Design: Pacific Northwest Ballet Costume Shop
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Seth Orza and Carla Körbes in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette © Angela Sterling.


April 10 – 19, 2015

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Staging: Gaby Baars
Scenic Design: Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Costume Design: Jerome Kaplan
Lighting Design: Dominique Drillot

“Art can transform us, and this masterful ballet does so: it makes its dancers, and its watchers, forever young.” —The Seattle Times

Seth Orza and Kylee Kitchens in Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana © Angela Sterling.

May 29 – June 7, 2015            

Concerto DSCH

Music: Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley    

The Moor’s Pavane

Music: Henry Purcell
Choreography: Jose Limón
Costume Design: Pauline Lawrence Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Carmina Burana
Music: Carl Orff
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Scenic Design: Ming Cho Lee
Costume Design: Theoni V. Aldredge; additional costumes by Larae Theige Hascall
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

“[Carmina Burana is] a monumental work that never fails to thrill.”—Seattle Gay News

Featured photo: Leah Merchant in George Balanchine’s Rubies. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Angela Sterling.