Dances at a Gathering
Opening Solo


Music: Frederic Chopin (Mazurka, Op. 63, no. 3. 1846)
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Philip Neal & Jenifer Ringer
Costume Design: Joe Eula
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton, recreated by Randall G. Chiarelli


Christina Siemens, piano


Lucien Postlewaite


Premiere: May 22, 1969; New York City Ballet.
PNB Premiere: May 28, 2009


The 2009 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering was generously underwritten by Jeffrey & Susan Brotman.


Dances at a Gathering was the first ballet Jerome Robbins made for New York City Ballet upon his return to the company in 1969, following a 12-year absence during which he choreographed some of his best-known Broadway musicals. An hour-long suite for ten dancers, set to solo piano works by Frederic Chopin, Dances at a Gathering began as a pas de deux. Robbins selected more music and the ballet grew. He invited Balanchine to see a rehearsal, asking him if the ballet wasn’t a bit long. Balanchine watched the rehearsal, then said, “More. Make more!”





Music: Nadia Boulanger (Trois Pièces for cello and piano, 1914, No. 1. Modéré)
and Clara Schumann (Trois Romances pour le pianoforte, Op. 11, No. 1, 1. Andante, 1853)
Choreography: Eva Stone
Costume Design: Melanie Burgess
Lighting Design: Amiya Brown


Page Smith, cello      Christina Siemens, piano


II – Be Still


Cecilia Iliesiu     Amanda Morgan     Juliet Prine


IV – Wait


Abby Jayne DeAngelo


Mark Cuddihee      Juliet Prine      Kuu Sakuragi      Yuki Takahashi


Premiere: November 8, 2019; Pacific Northwest Ballet


The 2019 world premiere of Eva Stone’s F O I L was commissioned by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and was principally supported by Deidra Wager with additional support from Anne Holmes, Elizabeth Yntema, and an anonymous donor.


“And so she built the house with a steady hand, room by room, until the walls held tight every secret of the Universe, and the neighbours, their hands pressed to the glass, watchful of the radiance within.” ‒ Anonymous



One Body


Music: John Kennedy (“Prayer for the Great Family” from One Body, 1998)
Choreography: Albert Evans
Staging: Peter Boal
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: David Moodey


Christopher D’Ariano


Premiere: January 9, 2003; Peter Boal Solos (New York, NY)
PNB Premiere: October 15, 2020; Pacific Northwest Ballet (digital release)


The 2020 Pacific Northwest Ballet presentation of Albert Evans’ One Body is supported by Aya Stark Hamilton.


“Prayer for the Great Family” from One Body (1998) by John Kennedy, text by Gary Snyder Performed by Essential Music, Bruce Rameker, voice “Prayer for the Great Family” copyright © 1974 by Gary Snyder Used by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.


After an 18-year slumber, the solo was seen again, and Albert’s offering seemed deserving of a new audience at a time when beauty, sincerity, and reflection are more needed than ever. Knowing Albert’s life ended abruptly at age 51 makes this offering and the extension of his artistry all the more meaningful. Thank you, Albert, for this love letter and for all the joy you brought to me and to so many others. May your contribution live on.
– Peter Boal



Swan Lake


Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 20, 1875-1876)
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Staging: Francia Russell (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov)
Scenic Design: Ming Cho Lee
Costume Design: Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Conductor Emil de Cou
Musical arrangement by Doug Fullington


Pas de Trois Variation


Kyle Davis


Odette Variation


Elizabeth Murphy


Siegfried Variation & Coda


Steven Loch


Odile Variation & Coda


Angelica Generosa


Original Production Premiere: February 20, 1877, Imperial Ballet, Moscow, choreography by Julius Reisinger; restaged on January 15, 1895, Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg, choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov


Stowell/Russell Production Premiere: October 1, 1976; Frankfurt Ballet
PNB Premiere: April 8, 1981; new production September 25, 2003


Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake was made possible by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation.


Swan Lake is considered by many to be the greatest classical ballet of all time. With its fantastical plot filled with romance, sorcery, and betrayal, Swan Lake offers ballerinas the ultimate challenge of a dual role—Odette, trapped in the body of a white swan while awaiting an oath of true love to set her free, and Odile, the temptress daughter of Baron Von Rothbart, who plots the downfall of Odette’s true love, Siegfried. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 1981 production was a significant milestone as the first full-length ballet re-created for the Company. The current production of Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake, in a revised staging and featuring new designs, premiered in 2003 to open PNB’s inaugural season in Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.





Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Elyse Borne
Scenic and Costume Design: Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli


Bracelet solo


Music: Gabriel Fauré  (Pelléas et Melisande, 1898, II. La fileuse)


Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin
Christina Siemens, piano


Leta Biasucci


Pas de Deux


Music: Igor Stravinsky (Capriccio for piano and orchestra, 1929)
By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.


Christina Siemens, Josh Archibald-Seiffer, pianists


Kyle Davis     Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan




Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29, 1875, first movement omitted)
Members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Conductor Emil de Cou
Musical attangement by Doug Fullington


Lesley Rausch                Jerome Tisserand


Madison Rayn Abeo      Ryan Cardea     Joshua Grant      Sarah Pasch
Miles Pertl      Leah Terada      Ezra Thomson      Genevieve Waldorf


Premiere: April 13, 1967; New York City Ballet
PNB Premiere: June 1, 2006; new production September 22, 2017


Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Jewels was made possible by Patty Edwards.


Presenting support for the 2017 Pacific Northwest Ballet production of George Balanchine’s Emeralds was provided by Dan & Pam Baty, with additional support from Lynne E. Graybeal & Scott Harron.


The works of George Balanchine performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet are made possible in part by The Louise Nadeau Endowed Fund.


EmeraldsRubies, and Diamonds premiered on a mixed bill that closed with Balanchine’s Prodigal Son. The matinee three days later opened with Balanchine’s one-act Swan Lake, followed by the three new ballets. Critic Clive Barnes suggested calling the collective ballets “The Jewels” (apparently this was Balanchine’s working title) in his New York Times review on April 17, which bore the headline, “Appraising Balanchine’s ‘Jewels.’” Barnes asserted, “[It] still has no title on the program, but it has to be called something,” and he used “The Jewels” as a surrogate throughout the review. In an interview two weeks after the premiere and also published in The New York Times, Balanchine wasn’t bothered by the lack of a title: “How do you name ballets anyway? I wanted to call it ‘Le Diamant,’ in French. ‘Diamond’ in English is no good. The ballet has nothing to do with jewels, the dancers are just dressed like jewels.” This sort of illusory statement was typical of Balanchine. When asked what Rubies was about, he reportedly answered, “It’s about twenty minutes.”


The quest to uncover meaning and intention in Balanchine’s works has long fascinated the dance world, and Jewels is no exception. Ideas, analyses, and commentaries abound. Sometimes these have been aided by Balanchine’s words, others times stymied, but more often their effect is simply intriguing because of his general silence. What seems clear are three things: one, Balanchine made Jewels to display the breadth and diversity of his New York City Ballet talent in its new and spacious New York State Theater; two, he created leading roles carefully tailored to his star dancers; and three, he paid tribute, consciously or otherwise, to three countries, their music, their schools of dance, and their contributions to his development as a choreographer.



The Calling


Music: Anonymous, French, late 12th-early 13th century (“O Maria, stella maris”)
Arranged by Doug Fullington
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Film Directors: Jessica Lang and Kanji Segawa
Costume Design: Elena Comendador
Costume Concept: Jessica Lang
Lighting Design adapted by: Nicole Pearce
Staging: Kanji Segawa


Sarra Sharif Doyle, mezzo soprano


Dylan Wald


Premiere: October 15, 2006 (as part of Splendid Isolation II); Ailey II (Baltimore, Maryland)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: June 7, 2015


The 2015 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of Jessica Lang’s The Calling was generously underwritten by Aya Stark Hamilton.
The 2020 Pacific Northwest Ballet presentation of Jessica Lang’s The Calling is supported by Aya Stark Hamilton.


Singers: Sarra Sharif Doyle with Orrin Doyle, Margaret Obenza, Markdavin Obenza, and Christina Siemens.





Music: C.P.E. Bach (Cello Concerto in A minor, Wq. 172, third movement)
and The Cramps (“Surfin’ Bird”), written by Al Frazier, Carl White, Turner Wilson Jr., Sonny Harris
Choreography: Marco Goecke
Staging: Sean Suozzi
Costume Coordination: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: David Moodey
Members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Conductor Emil de Cou


Page Smith, cello


James Yoichi Moore


Premiere: March 16, 2004; Peter Boal and Company (New York)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: November 3, 2005


The 2005 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of Mopey was made possible by Glenn Kawasaki.


Peter Boal met Marco Goecke in 2002 when the young German choreographer was invited to participate in New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute. Impressed with Goecke’s work for NYCB dancer Sean Suozzi, Boal commissioned a new work for Suozzi for performances by Peter Boal and Company at the Joyce Theater in 2004. Set to music by C.P.E. Bach and the 80’s rock band The Cramps, Mopey is an inwardly reflective yet volatile solo work—dark, moody and potentially unsettling. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Timescalled it “a tour de force” and “a touching piece of alienation,” while Laura Shapiro of New York Magazine praised Suozzi’s interpretation as “riveting in a portrait of madness so eloquent it looked like Shakespeare without words.” In addition to performances by Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mopey has been performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival, at the Biennale in Venice and at the 2004 Pina Bausch Festival in Wuppertal.



The Trees The Trees
Pas de Deux


Music: Kyle Vegter (The Trees, The Trees, 2018)
Mixed and mastered by Kyle Vegter
Choreography: Robyn Mineko Williams
Words: Heather Christie
Scenic and Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Costume Design: Branimira Ivanova
Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Conductor Emil de Cou
Alicia Walter, Vocalist (2019)


Elle Macy                 Dylan Wald


Premiere: March 15, 2019; Pacific Northwest Ballet


The 2019 world premiere of Robyn Mineko Williams’ The Trees The Trees is principally supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and Deidra Wager, with additional support from Ms. Toni Hoover & Mr. Alfred Nettles and T.R. Ko. Music commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.


The Trees The Trees sparked a spectacular collage of imagery in my mind that I wanted to bring to life through movement. Each of the piece’s vignettes is built on a poem from the book, inspiring a mélange of scenes rooted in the everyday and sprinkled with fantastical, heart-punching moments. —Robyn Mineko Williams



Red Angels


Music: Richard Einhorn (Maxwell’s Demon, 1988-1990)
Choreography: Ulysses Dove
Staging: Peter Boal
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley


Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin


Cecilia Iliesiu     William Lin-Yee
Amanda Morgan     Lucien Postlewaite


Premiere: May 9, 1994; New York City Ballet (Diamond Project)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: September 17, 2005


Red Angels is a ballet of intense dramatic impact that is calculated to charge all the senses. Dressed in scarlet leotards and bathed in white and red hot light, four dancers perform with powerful athleticism to a riveting score for electric violin. Ulysses Dove commented on working with the dancers of New York City Ballet: “I wanted to deal with aspects of the Balanchine aesthetic I find appealing: the speed, legginess, the formality. As for the title, I think the dancers are angelic. And for me, the angels of the senses are red.” Composer Richard Einhorn has described Maxwell’s Demon as “a conscious attempt…to transmute American popular music into art…with a nod towards direct expression and to an audience steeped in American rock ‘n roll.”





The Dancers and Stage Managers of Pacific Northwest Ballet are members of AGMA—the American Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO.


Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra is represented by the PNB Orchestra Players Union.


Stage Crew is represented by I.A.T.S.E., Local #15.


Wardrobe Attendants are represented by Theatrical Wardrobe Union #887, I.A.T.S.E.


These performances of excerpts from Emeralds and Diamonds, Balanchine Ballets®, are presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and have been provided in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® service standards established and provided by The Trust.