Romeo & Juliet: The Timeless Story of Young Love

By Noel Pederson

While it is one of the most famous examples in modern Western culture, Romeo and Juliet is just one of many tales of young love thwarted that have been told in many cultures across the world for thousands of years. From the Persian tale of Layla and […]

Executive Director’s Notes – Roméo et Juliette

Dear Friends,


As I write this, we are in the homestretch of 37 performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Without a doubt, this was our most complicated production in many years, with Covid protocols alone requiring multiple PNB teams to implement. And yet, what a joy […]

The Enduring Popularity of Romeo and Juliet

By Leah Dooley

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s second most popular play. It is one of the most produced and most depicted in the visual arts, and it’s the only Shakespeare play referenced in Taylor Swift’s discography. But did you know that ever since the 16th century, […]

2022-01-31T12:00:00-08:00January 31st, 2022|Categories: Performances, Tell the Tale|Tags: , |0 Comments

Artistic Director’s Notes-Roméo et Juliette

The story of Roméo et Juliette offers many takeaways: humor, drama, tears, and passion, to name a few. From my first read of the play in Mr. Crosby’s seventh-grade classroom to a recent viewing of the new Steven Spielberg film version of West Side Story, I’ve enjoyed a lifetime of different perspectives. Now in my sixth […]

Director’s Notebook: Roméo et Juliette

We are, collectively, what is often referred to in drama as the Greek Chorus. A large group of peripherals who laugh, gasp, interpret plot and articulate the hidden meditations of characters. We know where the story is headed. We can even sound the alarm, but we can’t pull the brake cord. We see […]

2021-02-08T16:16:20-08:00February 8th, 2021|Categories: Dance Happens Everywhere, Director's Notebook|Tags: |0 Comments

Announcing our 2020 – 2021 Season

Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 48th season, running from September, 2020 to June, 2021. Highlights include George Balanchine’s dazzling Jewels, and Crystal Pite’s remarkable Emergence; world premieres by Jessica Lang and Alejandro Cerrudo; the return of the popular story ballets Roméo et Juliette and Coppélia; and […]

Lucien Postlewaite to rejoin Company in PNB’s 2017-2018 Season

Artistic Director Peter Boal announced today that former PNB Principal dancer and current Les Ballets de Monte Carlo Principal dancer Lucien Postlewaite will return to Pacific Northwest Ballet this fall for the 2017-2018 Season.

“At PNB, relationships between audiences and dancers run deep,” Boal says. “We love watching new dancers […]

Roméo et Juliette Timeline

In late January 2008, PNB became the first American company to perform Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, with costumes and sets rented from Maillot’s Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. In early 2012, PNB’s costume shop, under the direction of Larae Hascall, shop manager since 1987, began building the Company’s own production.  The inspiration for PNB’s first performance […]

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