Local Color: Painting Sets for a New Giselle

We’ve all noticed the shift: from artisanal breads and cheeses to homemade cider and chickens in backyards, what’s old is new again. Here in Seattle, urban farming is chic. And, at least at PNB, the old-world way of hand-painting large scenery (AKA “drops”) has never gone out of style. Nearly every set piece you see […]

2014-01-15T19:05:00-08:00January 15th, 2014|Categories: Performances|Tags: , , |0 Comments

From the Wings: Rehearsal Director Otto Neubert

Imagine this: A large studio filled with young children auditioning for PNB’s Nutcracker. Adults sit behind a table at the front of the studio talking quietly with their lists of numbers and names, pencils and notepads. Groups of students are led across the floor doing various steps until, suddenly, one young girl trips […]

Story Ballets in PNB’s History

Story Ballets in PNB’s History

Stories are the bridge between the public and the art form. We can’t get them to watch The Four Temperaments until we get them on that bridge. And I can do those stories in ways that haven’t been done before.

Kent Stowell in Mindy […]

Director’s Notebook: Giselle—Part 1

“In Westphalia, the former Saxony, all is not dead which lies buried. When we wander there through the old oak groves we can hear the voices of the olden time, and the re-echoes of those deeply mysterious magic spells in which there gushes a [great] fullness of life …A mysterious awe thrilled my […]

2011-05-18T20:48:00-07:00May 18th, 2011|Categories: Director's Notebook, Performances, Tell the Tale|Tags: , |1 Comment

GISELLE…Ballet’s Great Tragedy

The History ~ Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has become one of the most popular ballets of all time and is considered ballet’s great tragedy. Giselle represents the greatest achievement of ballet’s Romantic era. After it fell out of repertory at the Paris Opera, it returned to the West via Russia and […]

2011-04-01T21:57:00-07:00April 1st, 2011|Categories: Performances, Tell the Tale|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Doug Fullington on Reconstructing Giselle

World Premiere, June 3-12, 2011

Peter Boal’s World Premiere staging of Giselle marks the first time an American ballet company has revived a classic based on original material researched by Stepanov notation expert Doug Fullington in collaboration with leading Giselle scholar Marian Smith.

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