Artistic Director’s Notes – Season Encore 2022

Doctor, nurse, social worker, scientist, esthetician, aerialist–just a few of the professions our dancers have embraced after retiring from the company. Emotions at PNB’s Season Encore run high as we recognize departing dancers for their myriad contributions to the company, while mourning the fact they will no longer perform for us again. But […]

Rep 1 Casting & Program Notes

Dances at a Gathering
Opening Solo

Music: Frederic Chopin (Mazurka, Op. 63, no. 3. 1846)
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Philip Neal & Jenifer Ringer
Costume Design: Joe Eula
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton, recreated by Randall G. Chiarelli

Christina Siemens, piano

So You Want to be a NEXT STEP Choreographer


PNB’s NEXT STEP initiative is designed to foster choreographic talent among PNB company dancers. A nine-month process which includes educational seminars, professional development tools, rehearsal time and space, and access to PNB’s production resources, NEXT STEP gives aspiring and rising choreographers […]

Meet the Artist: Sarah Pasch

Sarah Pasch joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2011 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2012. She created her first work for PNB’s annual choreographic showcase, Next Step, in 2016; she will premiere her third […]

Sarah Pasch joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2011 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2012. She created her first work for PNB’s annual choreographic showcase, Next Step, in 2016; she will premiere her third […]

Director’s Notes: ALL PREMIERE

by Peter Boal

Naturally, I get a lot of questions about how I choose pieces for PNB to perform and, in particular, what piques my interest in a certain choreographer’s work. It’s no secret I love new works and this program offers three of them. It might be informative to […]

Q&A: Sarah Pasch on NEXT STEP

Sarah Pasch is from Dublin, California. She studied at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She attended summer courses at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Lines Ballet, the Kirov Academy, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Pasch joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as […]

NYC Tour: Contemporary Innovators

Blog by PNB Dancer Cecilia Iliesiu.

I know I am biased, but PNB knocked New York’s socks off the last two days with the Balanchine ProgramHowever, they don’t know what is coming their way with the next program – Contemporary Innovators.

On the Program —

NEXT STEP Choreographer: Margaret Mullin

Company soloist and NEXT STEP choreographer Margaret Mullin sat down with me recently to discuss her upcoming premiere of Rorshach, a contemporary duet for two women based on the famous psychological test. Moving to music by Bartók, the two dancers command the audience’s attention as they mirror each other’s movements while staying true to their own […]

She’s Like Superwoman: Sarah Pasch on Working with Twyla Tharp

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with a dance legend like Twyla Tharp? PNB corps de ballet dancer Sarah Pasch recently had that opportunity and has all good things to say.

Judith May Austin: This piece, Waiting at the Station, is your first time working with Twyla?

Choreographing Andrew Bartee

“I was always bossy,” says Andrew Bartee, though you’d never know it from his modest, playful persona. The oldest of four kids, he “always had an urge to put something on—plays, variety or talent shows, gymnastic routines.”  His first experience of choreographing was in a class at Kirkland’s International School of Ballet, where he “liked […]

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