Kiyon Ross: From PNB School Student to Associate Artistic Director

Kiyon Ross: From PNB School Student to Associate Artistic Director

By Theresa Ruth Howard
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Quite simply, Kiyon Ross is the embodiment of Pacific Northwest Ballet. Not only has […]

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Artistic Director’s Notes – Carmina Burana

Artistic Director’s Notes – Carmina Burana

Guess who’s turning fifty? Not me, that happened already. It’s PNB. In 1972, a small but committed group of extraordinary individuals envisioned a great classical ballet company based here in Seattle. Several years of blood, sweat, tears, and […]

Artistic Director’s Notes – Season Encore 2022

Doctor, nurse, social worker, scientist, esthetician, aerialist–just a few of the professions our dancers have embraced after retiring from the company. Emotions at PNB’s Season Encore run high as we recognize departing dancers for their myriad contributions to the company, while mourning the fact they will no longer perform for us again. But […]

Executive Director’s Notes – ALL THARP

Welcome to the final program of this historic season. Whether you are newly back to in-person performances with us of you’ve been along for the thrilling ride all season, it’s wonderful to see you. So much has transpired since our cautious return to the stage last September, and the concept of “normal” continues […]

Artistic Director’s Notes – ALL THARP

Jahna Frantziskonis strutted casually across the studio floor on pointe while tapping her left palm with her right index finger.

“Twyla, is she texting?” I asked “…on pointe?” Twyla nodded. “I think you’re the first person to choreograph someone texting on pointe!”

With a sly smile […]

Artistic Director’s Notes – Swan Lake

Swan Lake defines a classical ballet company. It offers the epitome of cohesion for a corps de ballet, the apex of artistry for principal dancers, a challenge and a triumph for an orchestra, and an opportunity to lay claim to greatness. It certainly helped to elevate the reputation and expectations of a fledgling Pacific […]

Announcing our 2022/23 Season

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.

Film Noir: The Dark Side of Hollywood

By Jackson Cooper

Film Noir is one of Hollywood’s most inventive artistic movements. Beginning in the 1940s, a number of screenplays in Hollywood moved away from the escapist fantasies of the Great Depression towards a more realistic, darker view of the world. These stories were inspired by the hardboiled crime […]

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