Artistic Director’s Notes – ALL THARP

Jahna Frantziskonis strutted casually across the studio floor on pointe while tapping her left palm with her right index finger.

“Twyla, is she texting?” I asked “…on pointe?” Twyla nodded. “I think you’re the first person to choreograph someone texting on pointe!”

With a sly smile […]


A Brief Fling – Musical Mystery Solved!

By Emil de Cou, Music Director/Principal Conductor, PNB Orchestra

On February 28, 1990 Twyla Tharp’s Scottish-themed ballet Brief Fling made its debut on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. I was in the orchestra […]

2016-10-28T01:28:18-07:00October 28th, 2016|Categories: Choreographers, Performances|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on FLINGS AND FREEWAYS

10 Things to Know about Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp, one of the most iconic dancemakers of our time, has collaborated with all of the greatest ballet companies in the world – including PNB.

We’re bringing Tharp’s Brief Fling back to McCaw Hall this November. Read on to learn more about […]

2016-10-19T23:05:51-07:00October 19th, 2016|Categories: Performances|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 10 Things to Know about Twyla Tharp

Q&A: Eric Hipolito Jr., From Party Boy to Prince

Corps de ballet dancer Eric Hipolito Jr. recently fulfilled a lifelong dream when he made his debut as the Nutcracker Prince in PNB’s Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker. A graduate of PNB’s DanceChance program, Eric has been performing in Nutcracker since he was small enough to play a Party Boy in Act 1. Given Eric’s unique […]

Director’s Notebook: AIR TWYLA

Twyla Tharp is no ordinary person. One look at her bio and you get that. It’s not just the mountains of awards, medals, prizes, fellowships, and honorary degrees, or the three books, six films, twelve television specials, four Broadway shows, two figure skating routines, dozens of A-list collaborators, or the 129 dances she’s […]

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