Celebrating Retiring Principal Dancer James Yoichi Moore

Whether it be in the Phelps’ Center dressing room, emphatically discussing fantasy football picks, or on McCaw Hall’s stage, charming the audience as one of the sailors in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, James’ enthusiasm is infectious and his presence irreplaceable. As a San Francisco native looking north, never in a million years did he expect to end up at PNB: “It was a very tall company at the time [I was hired]—long legs, slender bodies—there was a look. That wasn’t me.” However, over his twenty-year tenure with PNB, James has set himself apart as one who defines what the company is today, and for years to come. Learn more about James and his career at PNB in this blog.

2024-06-05T12:34:58-07:00May 30th, 2024|Categories: Life at PNB|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Celebrating Retiring Principal Dancer James Yoichi Moore

Artistic Director’s Notebook-Roméo et Juliette

Artistic Director’s Notebook-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 […]

PNB Principal Dancer Noelani Pantastico Announces Retirement

SEATTLE, WA — Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Noelani Pantastico has announced that after a 25-year dancing career, she is retiring to accept a position on the faculty of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Pantastico trained at CPYB before being hired at PNB in 1997. She was promoted to soloist in 2001 and […]

Kyle Davis’ Notes on Las Estrellas

We’re on the edge of our seats and tips of our toes in anticipation for Monday’s world premiere release of Las Estrellas (The Stars ✨)! Choreographed by Kyle Davis for Angelica Generosa, Leta Biasucci, Laura Tisserand, Noelani Pantastico and Lesley Rausch, with costumes by Elizabeth Murphy,

Q&A with dancers from The Intermission Project

“‘Intermission’ implies a period of time spent between. In 2021, most artists find themselves frozen in isolation, caught in between – between what their normal was, the lights, the curtain, the stage and the audience; and what their post-COVID 19 “normal” will look like. A nine-part film project presented in three acts, The […]

2021-03-04T12:09:02-08:00March 4th, 2021|Categories: Choreographers, Dancers, Q&A with Dancers, Choreographers & Staff|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Q&A with dancers from The Intermission Project

Meet the Artist: Mark Haim

Originally from New York City, Mark Haim has been making dances and teaching dance for 35 years. He is creating a new work for NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN on June 14, featuring PNB Principal dancer Noelani Pantastico and […]

Originally from New York City, Mark Haim has been making dances and teaching dance for 35 years. He is creating a new work for NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN on June 14, featuring PNB Principal dancer Noelani Pantastico and […]

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 […]

2018-03-29T23:15:46-07:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Choreographers, Dancers, Q&A with Dancers, Choreographers & Staff|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on RAkU through the eyes of the Princess

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 […]

Q&A: Noelani Pantastico

Noelani Pantastico. Photo by Linsday Thomas.

Noelani Pantastico is from Oahu, Hawaii. She trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School from 1994 to 1996. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice […]

Noelani Pantastico. Photo by Linsday Thomas.

Noelani Pantastico is from Oahu, Hawaii. She trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School from 1994 to 1996. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice […]

PNB Tour: George Balanchine’s Square Dance, Prodigal Son, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto

PNB on Tour: George Balanchine’s Square Dance, Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Blog by PNB dancer Cecilia Iliesiu.

 

PNB’s opening night was magical! There had been a few rough rehearsals with tired bodies and swift musical tempos, but once that curtain went up Wednesday evening, we just danced!

 

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