Swan Lake Programs Through the Years

When Swan Lake premiered at Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1981, PNB was a small, relatively unknown company. On opening night of the production, PNB, still relying on big-name ballet stars to sell tickets, hired Gelsey Kirkland and Patrick Bissell to perform the principal roles. However, PNB company dancers Deborah Hadley and Jory Hancock’s performance the following evening cemented PNB as a respected ballet company. After the show, Jon Blake of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote that PNB was “on the edge of national stature.” Over 40 years later, Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake is still beloved by audiences. Take a look at PNB’s 14 Swan Lake programs through the years, and let us know which one is your favorite!


Deborah Hadley, photos © John Turner.


Deborah Hadley and Jory Hancock, photo © David Cooper.


“Russian Freighter on Puget Sound” by John W. Moilanen. This cover was created when ArtsLine, the program publisher, didn’t create custom covers.


Created by ArtsLine.


Patricia Barker and Sterling Kekoa, photo © Ben Kerns.


Patricia Barker, photo © Ben Kerns.


Louise Nadeau, photo © Ben Kerns.


Patricia Barker and Jeffrey Stanton, photo © Kurt Smith.


Patricia Barker, photo © Angela Sterling. Background image © Ben Kerns.


Carla Körbes and Casey Herd, photo © Angela Sterling.


Laura Tisserand and Karel Cruz, photo © Angela Sterling.


Carla Körbes, photo © Patrick Fraser.


Lesley Rausch, photo © Angela Sterling.


Lesley Rausch, photo © Lindsay Thomas.

Come see PNB’s most recent production of Swan Lake, running February 2nd through 11th, 2024, and grab a program of your own! You can purchase tickets online here or by calling the box office at 206-441-2424. Or, if you’re interested in learning more about Swan Lake’s history, check out this post on the PNB blog!