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 […]

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 […]

A Performer’s Parisian Perspective


Dancer Steven Loch on PNB’s Paris Tour

Paris…I just performed in Paris…PARIS! Just writing it down seems surreal. Performing in the place where ballet itself was started feels like the pinnacle of a ballet career. I just knew PNB’s […]


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

Wardrobe: Tharp’s Waiting at the Station

As Pacific Northwest Ballet’s dancers, artists, crew, orchestra, costume shop and the rest of the PNB family prepare for the final weekend of the 2015/16 Season, I wanted to share with you a few of the incredible sketches by Costume Designer, Santo Loquasto for Twyla Tharp’s Waiting at the Station.

2016-06-08T12:00:32-07:00June 8th, 2016|Categories: Performances, PNB Wardrobe|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Wardrobe: Tharp’s Waiting at the Station

Director’s Notebook: American Stories

Anyone ever heard of Lincoln Kirstein? It’s okay if you haven’t; even George Balanchine didn’t know who he was when Kirstein walked up to him in Paris in 1933. In the post-Diaghilev era in Europe, Balanchine was trying to find footing as a choreographer. He had just presented his new venture, titled Les […]

2016-05-31T12:00:57-07:00May 31st, 2016|Categories: American Story, Director's Notebook, Performances|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Director’s Notebook: American Stories

Laura Tisserand on Twyla Tharp, insecurities, and giving it your all

As dancers, we are drawn to routine and habit. From the pliés and tendus we execute every day in ballet class to the foods we eat before performances, it’s all part of a perfectly choreographed dance—one we are deeply familiar with. Our formula for success is repetition and, while boring to some, it […]

2016-05-18T18:27:27-07:00May 18th, 2016|Categories: Performances|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Laura Tisserand on Twyla Tharp, insecurities, and giving it your all

American Stories: Allison Kramer, Corporate Relations Manager

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When I first saw Waiting at the Station it sure reminded me (quite literally) of something resonant with my own family. The story that follows is what came immediately to mind when PNB announced this project.

2016-05-13T22:05:44-07:00May 13th, 2016|Categories: American Story, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (I.D.E.A.)|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on American Stories: Allison Kramer, Corporate Relations Manager

Q&A: Sarah Pasch on NEXT STEP

Sarah Pasch is from Dublin, California. She studied at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She attended summer courses at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Lines Ballet, the Kirov Academy, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Pasch joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as […]

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