Program Notes

Empire Noir

Music: Greg Haines
Choreography: David Dawson
Staging: Rebecca Gladstone
Set Design: John Otto
Lighting Design: Bert Dalhuysen
Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima
Duration: 24 minutes
Premiere: June 17, 2015; Dutch National Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: March 17, 2017

The 2017 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of David Dawsons’s Empire Noir is generously supported by Chap & Eve Alvord, Katharyn Alvord Gerlich, David & Cheryl Hadley, Sharon Lee, and Jodi Wong.

The world of Empire Noir is a ballet designed as a blast of graphic energy—fast-paced and relentless in its own journey through the darkness of the night, the color black, the void of madness. Performed as a pure-dance event, Empire Noir works to allow each of its ten dancers to shine as individuals, but also to present themselves as a team. This dance is contained inside an architectural illusion created by John Otto, who as set designer manages to create simplicity in building a structural surprise. Completed with a upbeat original score by Greg Haines, an over-exposed light design by Bert Dalhuysen, and costumes that behave as a second skin by Yumiko Takeshima, Empire Noir is a force unto itself. An observed entertainment played at its fullest force aiming to leave its audience breathless.

Notes reprinted by permission of dawsonarts.net.

New Suite

Music: George Frideric Handel (from Concerti grossi, Op. 6, 1736-1741), Luciano Berio (selections from Duetti per due Violini, Vol. 1, 1979-1983), and Johann Sebastian Bach (Allemande, from Partita in B minor for solo violin, BWV 1002, 1720)
Choreography: William Forsythe
Staging: Laura Graham (Handel and Berio duets), assisted by Oleg Klymyuk (Bach duet)
Scenic and Lighting Design: William Forsythe
Costume Design: William Forsythe and Yumiko Takeshima
Duration: 25 minutes
Premiere: February 25, 2012; Dresden Semperoper Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: March 13, 2015

The 2015 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of William Forsythe’s New Suite was generously underwritten by Jeffrey & Susan Brotman.

Rosyln Sulcas writes: “The fact that the first work choreographed by Forsythe was a duo and that he was always interested in the duo as a form—Herman Schmermann or Of Any If And, The The, Duo, and Approximate Sonata, just to name a few of the most obvious examples—tells us a lot about the very human element in his work. Forsythe may not be interested in emotional contents in the narrative sense, but he is definitely interested in the relationships and emotions that are created through physical interaction.”

New Suite is made up of a series of pas de deux, which William Forsythe has rearranged or created for the Dresden Semperoper Ballett and in 2015, with some differences from the Dresden version, for Pacific Northwest Ballet. All underlying works were created around the nineties for Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt. The Handel is from a 1995 Forsythe choreography with the promising, absurd title, Invisible Film. The Bach, in turn, uses material that was developed for Kammer/Kammer—a largely performative piece that premiered in 2000 in the Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt. Finally, the Berio is based on the first part of Workwithinwork (1998).

Notes courtesy of Forsythe Productions. Used by permission.

Her Door to the Sky

Music: Benjamin Britten (Simple Symphony, Op. 4, 1933-1934)
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Scenic Design: Jessica Lang
Costume Design: Bradon McDonald
Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce
Assistant to the Choreographer: Clifton Brown
Duration: 21 minutes
Premiere: August 24, 2016 (Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, Massachusetts)

Her Door to the Sky © Hayim Heron

Her Door to the Sky © Hayim Heron

Her Door to the Sky was commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her Door to the Sky premiered at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival on August 24, 2016. Major support for the Seattle premiere is provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, with additional support from Aya Stark Hamilton, Deidra Wager, and Leslie & Tachi Yamada.

2017 marks the centennial celebration of legendary American painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s first solo exhibition in New York. Her Door to the Sky is inspired by O’Keeffe’s Patio Door series that she painted between 1946-1956.

Program notes by Jessica Lang.

Casting

Thu. March 23 at 7:30 pm

Empire Noir

Noelani Pantastico
Benjamin Griffiths
Elle Macy
Batkhurel Bold
Lindsi Dec
Joshua Grant
Leta Biasucci
Jerome Tisserand
Elizabeth Murphy*
Dylan Wald*

New Suite

Handel 1
Noelani Pantastico
James Moore
Handel 2
Carli Samuelson
Ezra Thomson
Handel 3
Sarah Ricard Orza
Dylan Wald
Berio 1
Lesley Rausch
James Moore
Berio 3
Lindsi Dec
Miles Pertl
Berio 2
Calista Ruat*
Guillaume Basso*
Bach
Sarah Pasch
Joshua Grant
Handel 4
Angelica Generosa
Kyle Davis

Her Door to the Sky

Sarah Ricard Orza
Angelica Generosa
Leta Biasucci
Emma Love Suddarth
Cecilia Iliesiu
Jerome Tisserand
James Moore
Kyle Davis
Dylan Wald
Miles Pertl

Fri. March 24 at 7:30 pm

Empire Noir

Sarah Ricard Orza*
Steven Loch*
Elle Macy
Batkhurel Bold
Lindsi Dec
Joshua Grant
Leta Biasucci
Jerome Tisserand
Lesley Rausch
Karel Cruz

New Suite

Handel 1
Elizabeth Murphy
Dylan Wald
Handel 2
Nicole Rizzitano
Ryan Cardea
Handel 3
Angelica Generosa
Price Suddarth
Berio 1
Cecilia Iliesiu
Miles Pertl
Berio 3
Leta Biasucci
Jonathan Porretta
Berio 2
Madison Taylor
Henry Cotton
Bach
Elle Macy
Jerome Tisserand
Handel 4
Rachel Foster
Benjamin Griffiths

Her Door to the Sky

Elizabeth Murphy
Noelani Pantastico
Rachel Foster
Leah Merchant
Sarah Pasch
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson
Christian Poppe
Steven Loch
Joshua Grant

Sat. March 25 at 7:30 pm

Empire Noir

Noelani Pantastico
Benjamin Griffiths
Elle Macy
Batkhurel Bold
Lindsi Dec
Joshua Grant
Angelica Generosa*
Kyle Davis*
Elizabeth Murphy
Dylan Wald

New Suite

Handel 1
Leta Biasucci
Steven Loch
Handel 2
Carli Samuelson
Ezra Thomson
Handel 3
Sarah Ricard Orza
Dylan Wald
Berio 1
Emma Love Suddarth
Joshua Grant
Berio 3
Leah Merchant
Jerome Tisserand
Berio 2
Angeli Mamon
Dammiel Cruz
Bach
Sarah Ricard Orza
Karel Cruz
Handel 4
Carrie Imler
Jonathan Porretta

Her Door to the Sky

Elizabeth Murphy
Noelani Pantastico
Rachel Foster
Leah Merchant
Sarah Pasch
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson
Christian Poppe
Steven Loch
Joshua Grant

Sun. March 26 at 1:00 pm

Empire Noir

Noelani Pantastico
Benjamin Griffiths
Elle Macy
Miles Pertl*
Lindsi Dec
Joshua Grant
Leta Biasucci
Jerome Tisserand
Lesley Rausch
Karel Cruz

New Suite

Handel 1
Noelani Pantastico
James Moore
Handel 2
Carli Samuelson
Ezra Thomson
Handel 3
Sarah Ricard Orza
Dylan Wald
Berio 1
Lesley Rausch
James Moore
Berio 3
Lindsi Dec
Miles Pertl
Berio 2
Calista Ruat
Guillaume Basso
Bach
Sarah Pasch
Joshua Grant
Handel 4
Angelica Generosa
Kyle Davis

Her Door to the Sky

Sarah Ricard Orza
Angelica Generosa
Leta Biasucci
Emma Love Suddarth
Cecilia Iliesiu
Jerome Tisserand
James Moore
Kyle Davis
Dylan Wald
Miles Pertl
* First time in role

Fri. March 17 at 7:30 pm

Empire Noir

Noelani Pantastico*
Benjamin Griffiths*
Elle Macy*
Batkhurel Bold*
Lindsi Dec*
Joshua Grant*
Leta Biasucci*
Jerome Tisserand*
Lesley Rausch*
Karel Cruz*

New Suite

Handel 1
Elizabeth Murphy
Dylan Wald*
Handel 2
Carli Samuelson
Ezra Thomson
Handel 3
Angelica Generosa*
Price Suddarth
Berio 1
Lesley Rausch
James Moore*
Berio 3
Lindsi Dec
Miles Pertl*
Berio 2
Leah Merchant
Steven Loch
Bach
Ricard Orza
Karel Cruz
Handel 4
Carrie Imler
Jonathan Porretta

Her Door to the Sky

Sarah Ricard Orza
Angelica Generosa*
Leta Biasucci
Elle Macy
Cecilia Iliesiu
Jerome Tisserand
James Moore
Kyle Davis*
Dylan Wald
Miles Pertl

Sat. March 18 at 2:00 pm

Empire Noir

Noelani Pantastico
Benjamin Griffiths
Elle Macy
Batkhurel Bold
Lindsi Dec
Joshua Grant
Leta Biasucci
Jerome Tisserand
Lesley Rausch
Karel Cruz

New Suite

Handel 1
Noelani Pantastico*
James Moore*
Handel 2
Nicole Rizzitano*
Ryan Cardea
Handel 3
Angelica Generosa
Price Suddarth
Berio 1
Cecilia Iliesiu*
Miles Pertl*
Berio 3
Leah Merchant
Jerome Tisserand
Berio 2
Angeli Mamon
Dammiel Cruz
Bach
Sarah Pasch
Joshua Grant
Handel 4
Rachel Foster
Benjamin Griffiths

Her Door to the Sky

Sarah Ricard Orza
Angelica Generosa
Leta Biasucci
Elle Macy
Cecilia Iliesiu
Price Suddarth*
James Moore
Kyle Davis*
Dylan Wald
Miles Pertl

Sat. March 18 at 7:30 pm

Empire Noir

Noelani Pantastico
Benjamin Griffiths
Elle Macy
Batkhurel Bold
Lindsi Dec
Joshua Grant
Leta Biasucci
Jerome Tisserand
Lesley Rausch
Karel Cruz

New Suite

Handel 1
Leta Biasucci
Steven Loch
Handel 2
Ryan*
Christian Poppe
Handel 3
Sarah Ricard Orza
Dylan Wald
Berio 1
Emma Love Suddarth
Joshua Grant
Berio 3
Leta Biasucci
Jonathan Porretta
Berio 2
Madison Taylor*
Henry Cotton
Bach
Elle Macy
Jerome Tisserand
Handel 4
Angelica Generosa
Kyle Davis

Her Door to the Sky

Elizabeth Murphy*
Noelani Pantastico*
Rachel Foster*
Leah Merchant*
Sarah Pasch*
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson*
Christian Poppe*
Steven Loch
Joshua Grant*
* First time in role
“Empire Noir is a work of significant intensity, danced with incredible focus.”
Seattle Weekly, Read More
“A knockout work that begs to be seen again and again.”
CityArts, Read More

Her Door to the Sky © Hayim Heron

I TREASURE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING OUR AUDIENCES AND DANCERS NEW WORKS, and Rep 4 is often the place to find them. We’ll discover Jessica Lang’s arresting original work inspired by the landscapes of Georgia O’Keeffe, alongside a work created for the Dutch National Ballet just last year by David Dawson, plus the return of New Suite, William Forsythe’s refreshing collage of duets. An enticing mix by three of the most relevant and innovative dance-makers working today.

-Peter Boal

The Program

Empire Noir (Greg Haines / David Dawson)
New Suite (George Frideric Handel, Luciano Berio and Johann Sebastian Bach / William Forsythe)
Her Door to the Sky (Benjamin Britten / Jessica Lang)

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