We are saddened that our performances, events, PNB School classes, and public programming have been cancelled through the end of the season. At this time, we don’t know when we will be able to perform for you again or welcome our 1500 ballet students back to class. Our staff is working diligently to share PNB productions online, raise relief funds, and teach over 100 PNB School classes online a week. We continue to remain dedicated to paying health insurance premiums for PNB’s employees, and secure the resources to fund our eventual return. With 75% of PNB’s annual revenue coming from subscriptions, ticket sales, and School tuition, our situation becomes more precarious with each day.
And yet, in this time of great uncertainty, we choose hope. Under these extraordinary circumstances, PNB School students are receiving personalized instruction from our faculty in their homes, and our dancers and musicians continue to inspire and delight audiences around the world with their artistry via our social media channels and Peter Boal is exploring the best ways to deliver all of the exhilaration and emotion of live performance you have come to treasure. We maintain a vision of gathering again in the sacred space created by artists and audiences to bring that vision to life, we are calling on you, our community, to ensure Pacific Northwest Ballet’s future.
We have established a Relief Fund with an ambitious goal of $3 million. Gifts of all sizes will help offset losses incurred, keep employee benefits intact, and fund our return to the stage when it’s safe to do so.
As a special thank-you, all donors to the PNB Relief Fund will receive a VIP Invite to our House Party series. These curated digital collections provide everything you need for a PNB evening at home including never-before-seen video content, party playlists, food and drink recipes, and special extras from PNB dancers. Donations are tax-deductible and will help PNB continue to provide the inspiring and exhilarating dance you love.
Thank you so much for your support,
All of us at PNB
Message from Artistic Director Peter Boal
“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.”
“Your work is “essential,” in the core meaning of the word — essential to our humanity, our spirit, our imagination.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
In an attempt to be part of the solution, and for the safety of our audiences, artists, students, and staff, all PNB performances and events are cancelled through June 2020, and classes are officially cancelled through the end of the school year.