DIRECTOR'S CHOICE Performances in Seattle - PNB
DIRECTORS CHOICE2018-03-21T07:51:34+00:00

Program Notes

The Perpetual State

Music: Francis Poulenc (Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor, FP 61, 1932)
Choreography: Ezra Thomson
Costume Design: Ezra Thomson
Lighting Design: Reed Nakayama
Premiere: March 16, 2018; Pacific Northwest Ballet

Red Angels

Music: Richard Einhorn (Maxwell’s Demon, 1988-1990)
Choreography: Ulysses Dove
Staging: Peter Boal
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
Duration: 14 minutes
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.”

Notes compiled by Doug Fullington.

Slingerland Duet

Music: Gavin Bryars (String Quartet No. 1, “Between The National and The Bristol“)
Choreography: William Forsythe
Staging: Stefanie Arndt
Stage, Costume, and Lighting Design: William Forsythe
Duration: 8 minutes
Premiere: November 25, 1989; Ballett Frankfurt
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: March 13, 2015 (New Suite)

William Forsythe’s Slingerland Duet was first performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet as part of New Suite. The 2015 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of William Forsythe’s New Suite was generously underwritten by Jeffrey & Susan Brotman.

William Forsythe’s pas de deux from Slingerland Duet is drawn from his larger work, Slingerland (Part I), which featured music by British composer Gavin Bryars (Three Viennese Dancers, in addition to String Quartet No. 1), stage design and film by Cara Perlman, and costume and lighting design by the choreographer. Parts II, III, and IV followed in 1990 to form Slingerland (Parts I-IV), a full-length ballet in four acts. In 2000, Slingerland Duet was first presented, made up of two duets from Slingerland (Part I) and additional choreography.

Dance writer Roslyn Sulcas referred to Slingerland as “one of Forsythe’s most poetic and magical ballets, with its post-apocalyptic world of scattered stones, its supernatural fairies of the corps de ballet in tutus that look like crisp, curved potato chips [this costume recently has been redesigned by Forsythe for the pas de deux], its Beckettian tramps, and passages in which individuals suspended in harnesses achieve the weightless dream of the dancer, yet float (to mysterious music by Gavin Bryars) in vulnerable limbo, unable to dance without gravity.”

Notes compiled by Doug Fullington.

One Flat Thing, reproduced

Music: Thom Willems (2000)
Choreography: William Forsythe
Staging: Cyril Baldy and Ayman Harper
Scenic and Lighting Design: William Forsythe
Costume Design: Stephen Galloway
Duration: 18 minutes
Premiere: February 2, 2000; Ballett Frankfurt
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: March 13, 2008

The 2008 PNB premiere of William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced was generously underwritten by Jeffrey & Susan Brotman.

William Forsythe’s recent One Flat Thing, reproduced caused a stir when it premiered at Pacific Northwest Ballet in March 2008. Set to a rumbling sound construction by the choreographer’s frequent collaborator, composer Thom Willems, and performed by fourteen dancers on and around twenty metal tables, One Flat Thing thrilled some, challenged others, and, for some, called into question the definitions of “ballet” and “dance.”

Forsythe’s eclectic, intellectual starting point was a consideration of the risk and adventure of Robert Scott’s Antarctic expeditions, during which explorers relied on each other for survival, juxtaposed with his own interest in the idea of a “baroque machinery,” an ornamental, highly organized construct that runs like clockwork. The melding of these thoughts manifested itself in the collaborative development of a movement vocabulary involving high-speed choreography performed within the confines of a tightly spaced set of tables with the requirement that the dancers play off each other, rather than a musical score, in timing their moves. The result is a thrilling sequence of team choreography, a “baroque machinery” running dangerously close to reckless abandon.

Notes by Doug Fullington.

© Angela Sterling

© Angela Sterling

PETER BOAL’S ANNUAL SELECTION offers audiences a riveting duet, a favorite work, a little controversy, and a world premiere by PNB dancer Ezra Thomson. The limbs of a bonded pair sculpt open air in Slingerland Duet, and pure athleticism surges like reverb from Red Angels‘ electric violin. Audiences have another chance to debate William Forsythe’s contrapuntal One Flat Thing, reproduced, as the dancers take cues from each other on, under, and around 20 tables.

Director’s Choice runs approximately 1 hour and 44 minutes, including two 20 minute intermissions.

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Events

Inside William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced

February 27th at 5:00 PM | The Phelps Center

Did you know William Forsythe’s modern masterwork, One Flat Thing, reproduced, was inspired in part by Robert Scott’s Antarctic expedition? Discover this and more in our studio presentation featuring PNB dancers, guest stagers, Artistic Director Peter Boal, and twenty metal tables.

Friday Preview

March 9th | The Phelps Center

PNB’s popular Friday Previews are hour-long studio rehearsals hosted by Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB artistic staff, featuring Company dancers in excerpts from upcoming ballets.

PNB Conversations & Dress Rehearsal

March 15th | McCaw Hall

PNB Conversations offers in-depth interviews with choreographers, stagers, designers, dancers, and other artists during the hour preceding dress rehearsal reveal the creative process involved in the development of a ballet.

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Ballet Talk

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Join PNB Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington or guest speakers for an engaging 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design, and the process of bringing ballet to the stage.

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2017-18 Season

Casting

Friday, March 16 at 7:30 PM

The Perpetual State

Leta Biasucci*
Jerome Tisserand*

Sarah Ricard Orza*
Karel Cruz*

Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan*
Ryan Cardea*

Slingerland Duet

Laura Tisserand
Karel Cruz

Red Angels

Lesley Rausch
Lucien Postlewaite
Lindsi Dec
Jerome Tisserand

One Flat Thing, reproduced

Ryan Cardea*
Kyle Davis*
Steven Loch*
Elle Macy*
Leah Merchant
Elizabeth Murphy*
Noelani Pantastico
Christian Poppe*
Lucien Postlewaite
Clara Ruf Maldonado*
Price Suddarth*
Leah Terada*
Jerome Tisserand
Dylan Wald*

*First time in role.

Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 PM

The Perpetual State

Leta Biasucci
Jerome Tisserand

Sarah Ricard Orza
Karel Cruz

Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan
Ryan Cardea

Slingerland Duet

Lindsi Dec*
Miles Pertl*

Red Angels

Elle Macy*
Steven Loch*
Sarah Pasch*
Dammiel Cruz*

One Flat Thing, reproduced

Ryan Cardea
Kyle Davis
Steven Loch
Elle Macy
Leah Merchant
Elizabeth Murphy
Noelani Pantastico
Christian Poppe
Lucien Postlewaite
Clara Ruf Maldonado
Price Suddarth
Leah Terada
Jerome Tisserand
Dylan Wald

Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 PM

The Perpetual State

Leta Biasucci
Jerome Tisserand

Sarah Ricard Orza
Karel Cruz

Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan
Ryan Cardea

Slingerland Duet

Lesley Rausch*
Seth Orza*

Red Angels

Leta Biasucci*
Benjamin Griffiths*
Laura Tisserand*
William Lin-Yee*

One Flat Thing, reproduced

Ryan Cardea
Kyle Davis
Steven Loch
Elle Macy
Leah Merchant
Elizabeth Murphy
Noelani Pantastico
Christian Poppe
Lucien Postlewaite
Clara Ruf Maldonado
Price Suddarth
Leah Terada
Jerome Tisserand
Dylan Wald

Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 PM

The Perpetual State

Leta Biasucci
Jerome Tisserand

Sarah Ricard Orza
Karel Cruz

Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan
Ryan Cardea

Slingerland Duet

Laura Tisserand
Karel Cruz

Red Angels

Cecelia Iliesiu*
Dylan Wald*
Amanda Morgan*
Christopher D’Ariano*

One Flat Thing, reproduced

Christopher D’Ariano*
Kyle Davis*
Benjamin Griffiths*
Cecelia Iliesiu*
William Lin-Yee*
Steven Loch*
Leah Merchant
Elizabeth Murphy*
Sarah Pasch*
Miles Pertl*
Clara Ruf Maldonado*
Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan*
Price Suddarth*
Ezra Thomson*

Friday, March 23 at 7:30 PM

The Perpetual State

Angelica Generosa*
Ryan Cardea*

Laura Tisserand*
William Lin-Yee*

Elle Macy*
Kyle Davis*

Slingerland Duet

Lesley Rausch
Seth Orza

Red Angels

Leta Biasucci
Benjamin Griffiths
Lindsi Dec
Jerome Tisserand

One Flat Thing, reproduced

Christopher D’Ariano
Kyle Davis
Benjamin Griffiths
Cecelia Iliesiu
William Lin-Yee
Steven Loch
Leah Merchant
Elizabeth Murphy
Sarah Pasch
Miles Pertl
Clara Ruf Maldonado
Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson

Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 PM

The Perpetual State

Leta Biasucci
Jerome Tisserand

Sarah Ricard Orza
Karel Cruz

Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan
Ryan Cardea

Slingerland Duet

Lindsi Dec
Miles Pertl

Red Angels

Lesley Rausch
Lucien Postlewaite
Laura Tisserand
William Lin-Yee

One Flat Thing, reproduced

Christopher D’Ariano
Kyle Davis
Benjamin Griffiths
Cecelia Iliesiu
William Lin-Yee
Steven Loch
Leah Merchant
Elizabeth Murphy
Sarah Pasch
Miles Pertl
Clara Ruf Maldonado
Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson

Sunday, March 25 at 1:00 PM

The Perpetual State

Angelica Generosa
Ryan Cardea

Laura Tisserand
William Lin-Yee

Elle Macy
Kyle Davis

Slingerland Duet

Laura Tisserand
Karel Cruz

Red Angels

Cecelia Iliesiu
Dylan Wald
Sarah Pasch
Dammiel Cruz

One Flat Thing, reproduced

Ryan Cardea
Kyle Davis
Steven Loch
Elle Macy
Leah Merchant
Elizabeth Murphy
Noelani Pantastico
Christian Poppe
Lucien Postlewaite
Clara Ruf Maldonado
Price Suddarth
Leah Terada
Jerome Tisserand
Dylan Wald

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