Announcing Jessica Lang as PNB’s Next Resident Choreographer

PNB is excited to announce Jessica Lang will be PNB’s next Resident Choreographer. PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal states, "Jessica will commence her residency in August with a new creation for our first program of the 2024-25 season. This will be her fourth new work for the Company. PNB will then have five works by Jessica in active rep and we look forward to adding several more during her residency.” Learn more about Jessica and her residency in this blog.

2024-04-11T09:25:09-07:00April 10th, 2024|Categories: Life at PNB|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Announcing Jessica Lang as PNB’s Next Resident Choreographer

Artistic Director’s Notebook: Sweet Fields, The Calling, The Seasons’ Canon

"What goes into planning a season? There are more factors to list than my word count allows."

2024-04-04T14:37:21-07:00April 8th, 2024|Categories: Director's Notebook, Performances|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Artistic Director’s Notebook: Sweet Fields, The Calling, The Seasons’ Canon

Artistic Director’s Notebook: Bacchus, One Thousand Pieces

"We all have our harrowing stories from mid-March of 2020. Naturally, mine involves PNB. On the morning of March 12th Executive Director Ellen Walker informed me all theaters on Seattle Center campus had been asked to suspend any further activity. I told her I needed twelve more hours. That night we were scheduled to take the stage for the dress rehearsal of David Dawson’s Empire Noir and Alejandro Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces. Though we were able to run and film the dress rehearsal before retreating to our homes, PNB has never performed the complete One Thousand Pieces for a live audience. How grateful we are to finally bring this piece to the stage with you in the audience.

2024-03-18T12:30:34-07:00March 7th, 2024|Categories: Director's Notebook, Performances|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Artistic Director’s Notebook: Bacchus, One Thousand Pieces

Artistic Director’s Notebook: Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake

Just over twenty years ago, in September 2003, a theater called Marion Oliver McCaw Hall opened in Seattle. Built on the site of the Seattle Opera House, which dated back to the 1962 World’s Fair, the new hall was the realization of years of dreaming, planning, fundraising, and building. With Seattle Symphony’s recent relocation to Benaroya Hall, McCaw Hall was tailored to the needs of its two primary tenants, Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet. After a joint gala celebrating the new digs and the dawn of a new era for each arts organization, PNB offered another unveiling – a completely redesigned version of Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake.

2024-01-29T09:07:04-08:00January 29th, 2024|Categories: Director's Notebook, Performances|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Artistic Director’s Notebook: Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake

Artistic Director’s Notebook: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® 2023

Ask anyone what their introduction to ballet was – most will tell you it was a performance of The Nutcracker. They probably attended as small children. I was five. PNB expects to welcome about 85,000 people of all ages to our performances this year alone. Many will attend for the first time, starting a new tradition of enjoying this timeless holiday classic...

2023-11-20T15:05:03-08:00November 20th, 2023|Categories: Director's Notebook, Performances, The Nutcracker|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Artistic Director’s Notebook: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® 2023

Dancer Promotions! Clara Ruf Maldonado, Kuu Sakuragi, and Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan

Before the curtain-raiser performance of Alexei Ratmansky’s Wartime Elegy on opening night of LOVE & LOSS, Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal and Associate Artistic Director Kiyon Ross announced to the audience that corps de ballet dancers Clara Ruf Maldonado and Kuu Sakuragi have been promoted Soloists, and Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan has been promoted to Principal dancer.

2023-11-07T14:28:24-08:00November 3rd, 2023|Categories: Dancer Announcements, Dancers, Life at PNB|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Dancer Promotions! Clara Ruf Maldonado, Kuu Sakuragi, and Sarah-Gabrielle Ryan

Artistic Director’s Notebook: The Window, Wartime Elegy, Love and Loss

When we think of storytelling, we think of words – spoken, signed, sung, or written. Recall a favorite novel or poem. Words illuminate plots and plays bringing them to vivid existence. How does dance tell a tale without words? Classical ballets have relied on two methods of communication – mime and program notes. But storytelling has changed in ballet.

2023-10-27T16:11:46-07:00October 30th, 2023|Categories: Choreographers, Director's Notebook, Performances|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Artistic Director’s Notebook: The Window, Wartime Elegy, Love and Loss

Celebrate National Book Month

Celebrate National Book Month with these Books by PNB-ers

We’re sure you know by now that PNB Faculty and the whole PNB Community is multi-talented. But did you know there are multiple published authors in our midst? Keep reading to explore our list of books for all ages by members of the […]

Artistic Director’s Notebook – Petite Mort, Sechs Tänze, Cacti

PNB is also a culture of creativity with dancers, musicians, designers, and choreographers working to offer fresh takes on dance. Watch for a season filled with new creations and new ideas. So much of this happens beyond the mainstage.

2023-09-26T12:38:50-07:00September 18th, 2023|Categories: Choreographers, Director's Notebook, Performances|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Artistic Director’s Notebook – Petite Mort, Sechs Tänze, Cacti

Artistic Director’s Notebook: The Veil Between Worlds, Khepri, …throes of increasing wonder

Turning 50 never felt so good. PNB’s celebratory season has brought us so many treasured moments, with a few more just around the corner. What is your 50th anniversary highlight?

2023-09-26T12:41:57-07:00May 25th, 2023|Categories: Director's Notebook, Performances|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Artistic Director’s Notebook: The Veil Between Worlds, Khepri, …throes of increasing wonder
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