PNB Future Fund
PNB Future Fund

We are back! Every September, we are full of excitement to kick off a new season for our audiences. This year feels a little different. After a long eighteen months of social distancing, daily challenges, and constant uncertainty, PNB returns to McCaw Hall to raise the red curtain. That magical moment when the lights dim and the hush of hundreds descend is finally here for us to experience together.

The PNB you will rediscover will be both familiar and different. We commence this season with a renewed affection for the transcendent experience of live performance, and gratitude for our digital season viewers from all over the world. We are still committed to developing new work from new voices while being more representative and more inclusive. Expect transparency and honesty while we discuss and address the systemic issues we face and seek to change.

It has been an unforgettable and difficult journey, but we fought to move forward, find inspiration, and innovate new ways to connect with you. None of this would have been possible without the support of our loyal patrons and donors. Because of you, we were able to weather the worst of the pandemic, but we know the road doesn’t end here. On the eve of our 50th Anniversary Season, we need your help to sustain the work we’ve done to reinvent PNB.

Help us forge our future by making a tax-deductible gift today.

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“As stages go dark all over the state, let’s pause for a moment to consider what we’re losing for a while – the dances that won’t be danced, the songs that won’t be sung, the plays that won’t be performed. Let’s think practically about what we can do to help those whose livelihoods are affected.”

Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times

“Your work is “essential,” in the core meaning of the word — essential to our humanity, our spirit, our imagination.”

A PNB Patron

“PNB is one of the nation’s finest ballet companies; the dancers are well trained, the orchestra superb. The immediate future for PNB – and for every regional arts nonprofit – is bleak. Arts leaders tell me if the public gathering restrictions go on for months, many arts companies won’t be able to reopen when they’re lifted.”

Marcie Sillman, KUOW

“As we, a nation and community, face this unprecedented situation it is our obligation as a society to support the arts. The unknown of this crisis is what feels us with stress, fear, and dread. The honesty and candor in which you shared the current financial situation of Pacific Northwest Ballet and PNB School are appreciated more than our family will ever be able to fully acknowledge. PNB is a backbone to the greater Seattle area and I have full faith that this will pass and the PNB community will come back stronger than ever.”

A PNB Patron

“The cliché about live performances is true. The power of live dance lies in its impermanence. No video can really capture the experience. We [also] underestimate the real social benefit of providing a big dark room where it’s perfectly acceptable to cry in public, which is yet another reason we need to fight to keep these arts institutions, big and small, alive.”

Rich Smith, The Stranger

“I used to take my girls to see your ballet back in the 90s. I miss it very much. I am old now, the girls married and moved far away. But I always picture Swan Lake from the many times we went to see it when they grew up in Washington. We have no ballet where we live. Thank you for those memories. It’s what lives in my mind when I have to have MRIs. I close my eyes, see the dancers, hear the orchestra. It helps me through the hardest of times.”

A PNB Patron

“Our ability to weather this crisis depends on cutting as much expense as we can while maintaining a bare-bones operation, as well as applying for relief funds and appealing to donors to support the organization at this critical time. It’s just unthinkable for me to take away people’s health care right now, especially in a health care crisis.” –Ellen Walker, PNB Executive Director

Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times