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A GREAT SEASON IS LIKE A NEWLY DISCOVERED RECIPE INCORPORATING ALL OF THE FINEST INGREDIENTS, A FEW UNEXPECTED DELIGHTS, AND A LITTLE LOVE— RESULTING IN A SUMPTUOUS FEAST FOR ALL. Place your napkin on your lap or tie it around your neck because this smorgasbord is about to begin. What’s on the menu? Chef’s sampler of Balanchine best, new creations by Lang and Cerrudo, table for two under Montague, a twist of Tharp, a pop of Pite paired with a fine Wheeldon, and the most delicious confections of Coppélia. Trust me, you’ll want to make reservations for at least six sittings. For our opening program in September, we present Balanchine’s glittering masterpiece Jewels. Inspired by a stroll past the display windows of Van Cleef & Arpels on Fifth Avenue, Balanchine used French, American, and Russian influences to create a perfect concoction. This triple bill offers the perfect opportunity to savor the many strengths of PNB, from orchestra to costumes and tiaras plus some of the most sublime dancing you’ll ever see. As we head to the ballot in November, we reflect on the hard-fought battle for the right for so many to have a voice in our elections. Penny Saunders’ So to Speak commemorates the centenary of women’s right to vote. Sweet Fields, Twyla Tharp’s celebration of our human connections, is performed to uplifting American hymns sung by the Tudor Choir. Closing this inspired program is Jessica Lang’s world premiere, Stabat Mater. Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette shows passion, love, and loss in all of its awkwardness, agony, and awe. He is a master storyteller with a fresh lens on a classic tale. Juliet grabs Romeo for their first kiss, Lady Capulet embodies the power and conviction of her house, and the nurse is more mastermind than servant. Many of our dancers found their artistic voice in Maillot’s work. You won’t want to miss their return to these signature roles or thrilling debuts as new artists step into the limelight.
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A PNB premiere by Christopher Wheeldon, a world premiere by Alejandro Cerrudo (his first as our new Resident Choreographer!), and a cult classic by Crystal Pite called Emergence. The bee’s knees! This program is the envy of every classical ballet company in America—okay, the world. Buy a ticket, trust me, or better yet, buy a subscription. This is PNB at its best. Mic drop. Coppélia is pure delight. Find yourself in a fairytale village with lifelike dolls, devilish pranks, 24 pristine baby ballerinas in pink tutus, and a score by Léo Delibes that will have the entire family dancing in the aisles. PNB’s singular production of this classic created by George Balanchine and Alexandra Danilova with winsome costumes and sets by Roberta Guidi di Bagno is pure golden treasure. Oh, and you may see me out there as Doctor Coppélius! The final program of the season spans almost one hundred years of American ballet opening with the iconic Apollo, created by Balanchine at the age of 25 in 1928. Fast forward to 2014 when another young Russian choreographer named Alexei Ratmansky created Pictures at an Exhibition on Balanchine’s New York City Ballet. Pictures is not only a wonder of invention, but also a nod to Balanchine’s legacy. Cerrudo’s haunting Silent Ghost completes this terrific trio of three timeless works. Catch it—catch the entire season. Make your reservation and join me in savoring the many discoveries and delights that are part of PNB’s 2020/21 season. BON APPÉTIT!
(cover) Dylan Wald. © Lindsay Thomas.
(above) Peter Boal backstage with Noelani Pantastico and James Moore. © Angela Sterling. Graphic Design: Chad Kent Design.
SEPT 25–OCT 4, 2020 GEORG
N E BALA
THE PERFECT MARRIAGE OF STYLE AND SUBSTANCE,
George Balanchine’s Jewels is required viewing for any ballet fan. Underneath their glittering exterior lies a perfect primer to Balanchine’s style—Emeralds whispers of grace, courtesy, and French perfume; Rubies sizzles with American sass; and Diamonds conjures the magnificence of old St. Petersburg. Lesley Rauch and former PNB company member Karel Cruz in Diamonds, choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. © Angela Sterling.
NOV 6–15, 2020
SWEET FIELDS MUSIC: William Billings,
William Walker, Abraham Wood, and Jeremiah Ingalls CHOREOGRAPHY:
MUSIC: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi CHOREOGRAPHY: Jessica Lang
All PREMIERE SO TO SPEAK PNB
MUSIC: Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre,
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Dustin O'Halloran, Armand Amar CHOREOGRAPHY: Penny Saunders
ALL-PREMIERE CELEBRATES A LINEAGE OF FEMALE CHOREOGRAPHERS
from Twyla Tharp, to Jessica Lang, to up-and-comer Penny Saunders, each with their own bright and arresting perspective. Suffrage, Shakers, and beyond —these intimate and intricate pieces will keep you guessing, and leave you wanting more. Twyla Tharp. © Angela Sterling; Jessica Lang. © Lindsay Thomas; Penny Saunders. © Tom Maday.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
NOV 27–DEC 27, 2020
George Balanchine SCENERY & COSTUMES:
James F. Ingalls
THE WIDE EYES OF CHILDREN, DRESSED IN THEIR HOLIDAY BEST. THE SWELLING OF THE PNB ORCHESTRA AS THEY BREATHE LIFE INTO THEIR INSTRUMENTS. THE HUSH OF AN AUDIENCE READY TO IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN A CANDY-FILLED DREAMLAND. You’ll experience all of this before the dancing even starts. Join us in 2020 for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, the Pacific Northwest’s favorite holiday tradition! Angelica Generosa as Sugar Plum Fairy in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. © Angela Sterling.
FEB 5–14, 2021
Sergei Prokofiev CHOREOGRAPHY:
Jean-Christophe Maillot SCENIC DESIGN:
Ernest PignonErnest COSTUME DESIGN:
Jérôme Kaplan LIGHTING DESIGN:
TWO STAR-CROSSED LOVERS, ONE BRILLIANT BALLET.
Jean-Christophe Maillot infuses Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet with intoxicating emotion and beauty. Rediscover the fragility and volatility of youth in this cinematic tale of first love.
Noelani Pantastico as Juliet and James Moore as Romeo in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette. © Angela Sterling.
MAR 19–28, 2021
EMERGENCE MUSIC: Owen Belton CHOREOGRAPHY: Crystal Pite
MUSIC: Keaton Henson CHOREOGRAPHY: Christopher Wheeldon
WORLD PREMIERE CHOREOGRAPHY: Alejandro Cerrudo
CONTEMPORARY MASTERS GET PERSONAL AS THEY EXPLORE LIFE IN OUR INCREASINGLY COMPLICATED WORLD.
Crystal Pite’s riveting Emergence, an audience favorite, will share the stage with Bound To, Christopher Wheeldon’s essay on disconnectedness in our tech-obsessed times, and a world-premiere work by PNB Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo (One Thousand Pieces, Little mortal jump). Steven Loch and Miles Pertl in Crystal Pite’s Emergence. © Angela Sterling.
E BA L A N CH I N E ' S
APRIL 16–25, 2021
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN OF PNB’S COPPÉLIA WILL WARM YOUR HEART WITH ITS COMEDY AND CHARM.
Alexandra Danilova and George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust (after Marius Petipa)
SCENIC AND COSTUME DESIGN:
Roberta Guidi di Bagno LIGHTING DESIGN:
Randall G. Chiarelli
This delightful ballet features pristine choreography for our tiniest ballerinas from the PNB School, spirited mime, and bravura dancing. Perfect for the entire family! Leta Biasucci as Swanilda in George Balanchine’s Coppélia, choreography by Alexandria Danilova and George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. © Angela Sterling
JUN 4–13, 2021
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION MUSIC: Modest Mussorgsky CHOREOGRAPHY: Alexei Ratmansky
SILENT GHOST MUSIC: Dustin Hamman,
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm CHOREOGRAPHY: Alejandro Cerrudo
MUSIC: Igor Stravinsky CHOREOGRAPHY: George Balanchine
THIS STUNNING COLLECTION OF WORKS BY INTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED CHOREOGRAPHERS
pays homage to ballet’s past while simultaneously ushering the art form into the future. Explore the edges of the form with PNB, from the intensely theatrical Pictures at an Exhibition by Alexei Ratmansky, to the hypnotic flow of Alejandro Cerrudo’s Silent Ghost, to the fountainhead of contemporary classicism—George Balanchine’s Apollo. Sarah Ricard Orza, former PNB company member Maria Chapman, Lesley Rausch, and former PNB company member Batkhurel Bold in Apollo, choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. © Angela Sterling.
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