Noelani Pantastico is from Oahu, Hawaii. She trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School from 1994 to 1996. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1997. She was promoted to corps de ballet in 1998, soloist in 2001, and principal in 2004. In 2008, she left PNB to join Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo as a soloist and was promoted to first soloist in 2009. In 2015, Ms. Pantastico returned to PNB as a principal dancer.
In addition to her PNB repertory, Ms. Pantastico danced leading roles at Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Altro Canto, La Belle, Cendrillon, Choré, Faust, Men’s Dance for Women, Opus 40, Roméo et Juliette, Scheherazade, Le Songe, and Vers un Pays Sage; Marie Chouinard’s Body Remix; Alexander Eckman’s Rondo; Nicolo Fonte’s Quiet Bang; William Forsythe’s New Sleep; Emio Greco and Peter Scholten’s Le Corps du Ballet; Natalia Horeçna’s Tales Absurd, Fatalistic Visions Predominate; Johan Inger’s In Exact; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort; Pontus Lidberg’s Summer’s Winter Shadow; Matjash Mrozewski’s Pavillon d’Armide; and Jeroen Verbruggen’s Kill Bambi. She originated roles in Maillot’s Casse-Noisette Compagnie and Lac.
Ms. Pantastico was featured in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. In 2004, she performed the second movement of Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet as a guest artist for New York City Ballet’s Balanchine Centennial.
Picnic is Ms. Pantastico’s first choreographic endeavor.
Eva L. Stone received a B.F.A in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University. She studied at SUNY Purchase, The Alvin Ailey School, and Harvard University and has worked with dance legends such as Daniel Nagrin, David Gordon, Viola Farber, Wendy Perron, and Gus Solomons, Jr. Ms. Stone performed professionally with companies in both Boston and Los Angeles. After completing a Master of Arts Degree in Choreography and Choreological Studies from Trinity Laban in London, England, she formed The Stone Dance Collective. Ms. Stone relocated to Seattle in 1995, re-established her company and began an extensive teaching and lecturing career (in both technique and composition) throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Ms. Stone is currently on faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet School (Professional Division), Bellevue College, and for The School at Spectrum Dance Theater (Academy Division.) Ms. Stone has created commissioned works for Spectrum Dance Theater, South Bay Ballet, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Mid-Columbia Ballet, Theatre Ballet (BYU), Peninsula Dance Theater, Ballet Folsom, NewDance Company (NY) and collaboratively with Seattle Dance Project on the critically acclaimed Project Orpheus at ACT Theater. Ms. Stone is also a commissioned choreographer and faculty instructor for Regional Dance America/Pacific. Her work has premiered in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, London, Geneva, Montreal, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Stone also had the extraordinary opportunity to assist Donald Byrd for the Seattle Opera production of Aida. Her other projects include choreographing over 25 musical theatre productions and recently received the 5th Avenue Theater award for Outstanding Choreography for her work in Chicago.
Ms. Stone is the producer and curator of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, a contemporary dance festival held annually in Bellevue, Washington. This highly anticipated and critically acclaimed event brings the best of local, regional, national and international contemporary dance companies together for a unique series of performances, lectures, and master classes and has been awarded multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. www.chopshopdance.org
Price Suddarth is an American Choreographer/Dancer currently based out of Seattle WA. Price began his dance education first with the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble (2005-2007), followed by the School of American Ballet (2007-2009), and finally on scholarship with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School (2009-2010) where, upon graduation, he received a contract with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 2011, Price was nominated for a Princess Grace Award in dance, and in 2012, he was chosen as one of Dance Magazines Top 25 to watch. Since joining the company, Price has originated leading roles in works by choreographers such as Marco Goecke, Victor Quijada, and Twyla Tharp. Additionally, he has performed featured and leading roles in works by William Forsythe, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Alejandro Cerrudo, Justin Peck, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, and George Balanchine.
His choreographic career began at the School of American Ballet’s student choreographic workshop in 2007. From there he has worked with regional companies in various parts of the country. He has also participated in the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Next Step performances (formerly the Choreographers Showcase). In 2012, Price was commissioned to create a ballet for the Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Annual School Performance. In November 2015, Pacific Northwest Ballet premiered Signature, the company’s first original work by Suddarth. And, in June 2016, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet premiered their first work by Suddarth, limit[LESS]. Price was recently chosen to participate in the 2016 Fall session of the New York Choreographic Institute. He has been asked to present his works at the 2012 Regional Dance America Gala, the 2014 Chop Shop: Bodies Of Work Contemporary Dance Festival, the 2015 Seattle International Dance Festival, as well as various showings at Seattle’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
Dani Tirrell: Dance artist, performer, choreographer and dance educator. Dani has danced with Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit, Monroe Ballet Company, Full Circle Dance Company, Natural Locz Dance Company and Dani Tirrell Dance Theater that he founded and serves as Artistic Director. Dani also created Color Lines Dance Ensemble for youth dance artist ages 12 to 18.
Dani has performed and shown work at Seattle International Festival of Dance (Seattle), Black Choreographers Festival (San Francisco), Gay City Arts (Seattle), Bumbershoot: Velocity Dance Center Showcase (Seattle), Showing Out: Black Contemporary Choreographers (Seattle), Young Tanz Sommer (Austria), Northwest New Works Festival: On The Boards (Seattle), Risk/Reward (Portland), Seattle Art Museum (Seattle), Monticello Wakes (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angela’s) and Central District Forum of Arts and Ideas.
Dani has choreographed works for 3rd Shift Dance (Seattle), Jazz Intoxication (Seattle), Broadway Bound Children’s Theater (Seattle), Stone Soup Theater (Seattle), Northwest Tap Connection (Seattle), Full Circle Dance Company (Detroit), Jazz and Spirit Dance Theater of Detroit (Detroit), Detroit Windsor Dance Academy (Detroit) and Vision Center Stage Dance Company (Detroit). Dani has also conducted workshops centered on gender/sexuality/race at Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (Seattle), Texas Festival of Dance Improvisation (Texas Women’s University, Denton) and Allied Media Conference (Detroit).
Currently his work focuses on the queer, gender non-conforming and black experience. Dani also incorporates House, Vogue, Whacking and Contemporary movement in his artist practice and work. Dani teaches throughout the Seattle area with Northwest Tap Connection and Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon.