Former DanceChance student stages PNB’s latest premiere

We’re so lucky to welcome artists from all over the world to PNB’s studios to stage ballets. Each ballet requires a stager, the artist who teaches the steps, timing, and intention of a ballet on behalf of the choreographer.

For our upcoming mixed bill EMERGENCE, RAkU choreographer Yuri […]

RAkU through the eyes of the Princess

WARNING: Contains mentions of suicide and sexual assault, as well as plot spoilers.

Ukrainian choreographer Yuri Possokhov’s RAkU is based on the true story of the burning of Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion in 1950, but the ballet is set in an earlier time. It tells a fictional tale of two lovers (a […]

Q&A: Peter Boal talks Red Angels

Red Angels, coming up on PNB’s DIRECTOR’S CHOICE program March 16–25, has caught our attention around PNB’s offices. Four incredibly athletic dancers (plus the resounding soundtrack of electric violin) consume the studios during rehearsals of this red hot ballet.

Knowing the late choreographer Ulysses Dove created Red Angels […]

Seeing Cues: One Flat Thing, reproduced

Complicated and mesmerizing, One Flat Thing, reproduced follows a cueing system that unfolds in a rapidly shifting network of relationships. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, the music does not direct the piece; the dancers direct the piece. Time is organized as dancers give and receive cues, collectively determining the flow of the dance.

Unpacking One Flat Thing, reproduced

Watching a complicated ballet without any prior knowledge can feel like watching the season finale of a TV show without having seen a single episode, or beginning a novel by reading the final chapter.

One Flat Thing, reproduced is a complicated dance, so consider this blog as your road map […]

Director’s Notebook: Swan Lake

by Artistic Director Peter Boal

Ask anyone to name two ballets they have seen. I’m willing to bet Nutcracker would come first, Swan Lake second. We agree. Swan Lake is the second-most-attended ballet in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s history.

If Nutcracker is the gateway to the world […]

Then and Now – Nutcracker Grows Up

Then and Now – Nutcracker Grows Up

Performing in The Nutcracker is a rite of passage for many young dancers, and something they look forward to each December. From Polichinelles to Party Children, see how Pacific Northwest Ballet Company dancers began their life long journey of dancing in The Nutcracker.

Bringing Screenplays to Life: Q&A with Crystal Pite


Crystal Pite © Michael Slobodian

Crystal Pite is a former company member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt. She made her professional choreographic debut in 1990 with […]

What it takes to be Crystal Pite

Let’s just soak in the genius of Crystal Pite for a moment.

You’ve probably heard us gushing about this groundbreaking choreographer ever since we first staged Emergence in 2013 (and again now that we’re putting on the American premiere of her piece Plot Point). It’s for good […]

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