Film Noir: The Dark Side of Hollywood

By Jackson Cooper

Film Noir is one of Hollywood’s most inventive artistic movements. Beginning in the 1940s, a number of screenplays in Hollywood moved away from the escapist fantasies of the Great Depression towards a more realistic, darker view of the world. These stories were inspired by the hardboiled crime […]

Artistic Director’s Notebook: Before I Was, Caught, Plot Point, The Times Are Racing

Artistic Director’s Notes: Before I Was, Caught, Plot Point, The Times Are Racing

The words “ballet” and “gender-fluid” don’t often appear in the same sentence. In ballet’s early years at the court of Louis XIV, men danced in roles depicting women, but by the 20th century, gender entrenchment had set in. Princes […]

Start spreading the news…PNB is going to New York!

The Joyce Theater Foundation presents Pacific Northwest Ballet in two mixed-repertory programs at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater June 23-28, 2020. All performances will be accompanied by the PNB Orchestra.

“I have long […]

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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