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PNB Announces 16/17 Line-Up…Including A Visit From Benjamin Millepied

Photo: Angela Stirling

Romeo…. in Sergei Prokofiev’s Roméo et Juliette with choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot at Pacific Northwest Ballet through 2/14/16. Photo: Angela Sterling

This is the final weekend for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of  Sergei Prokofiev’s Roméo et Juliette with choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot and they’re only half way through their current 2015/2016 season, but PNB has just announced their line-up for their 44th season which kicks off in September with Tricolore and a special scheduled visit from ballet superstar, Benjamin Millepied, who might be best known to your average American as the husband/baby daddy to Natalie Portman. The two met on the set of Black Swan, the ballet themed film that won Portman the Best Actress Oscar in 2011. Millepied is currently in the news for having just announced he is leaving his position as Director of Dance at Paris Opera Ballet effective July of this year. The dancer/choreographer wants to spend more time in Los Angeles with this family and work on dance projects with his own company.

Two works by Millepied will be featured in the season opener, Tricolore, which will run from September 23 to October 2, 2016 at McCaw Hall with the special opening night party happening on 9/23. Tricolore will feature the PNB premiere of Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, a brand new piece which just had its debut in Paris earlier this month.

The full press release:

February 13, 2016, SEATTLE, WA— Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced the line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 44th season, running from September, 2016 to June, 2017. Highlights include a program of PNB premieres by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Alexei Ratmansky; a full-length story ballet from Jean-Christophe Maillot (Roméo et Juliette) based on the story of Cinderella; a world premiere from Jessica Lang (The Calling); PNB premieres by Benjamin Millepied and David Dawson; and the return of audience favorites by Balanchine, Robbins, Millepied, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, and Christopher Wheeldon. For family audiences, PNB is bringing back its popular matinee production of Hansel & Gretel (performed by students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School), and – of course – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.PNB will begin accepting season subscription renewals and new full-season subscription orders on Tuesday, February 16; tickets to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ go on sale to the public on Monday, May 16. The Box Office opens for 2016-2017 season single ticket sales on Monday, July 18. For further information, contact the PNB Box Office by phone at 206.441.2424, online at PNB.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street. Discounted subscription rates are available for senior citizens and students with ID. All programming and dates are subject to change. For more information, visit PNB.org.

Ballet superstar Benjamin Milliepied scheduled to attend PNB's season opener in September.

Ballet superstar Benjamin Millepied scheduled to attend PNB’s season opener in September.

2016-2017 SEASON LINE-UP (programming subject to change):

First Look Gala

Friday, September 23, 2016

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets go on sale July 18.)

Celebrate the opening of PNB’s 44th season with a glamorous cocktail party, an elegant backstage dinner, and a dance party onstage after the performance! Featuring special guest Benjamin Millepied (former director of Paris Opera Ballet). For information, visit PNB.org. (Performance tickets sold separately.)

Rep 1 – TRICOLORE

September 23 – October 2, 2016

3 Movements

Music: Steve Reich

Choreography: Benjamin Millepied

Scenic Design: Benjamin Millepied

Costume Design: Isabella Boylston, assisted by Larae Theige Hascall

Lighting Design: Brad Fields

Premiere: November 6, 2008, Pacific Northwest Ballet

 

Appassionata Sonata (PNB Premiere)

Music: Ludwig van Beethoven

Choreography: Benjamin Millepied

Premiere: February 5, 2016, Paris Opera Ballet (Paris, France)

 

Symphony in C

Music: Georges Bizet

Choreography: George Balanchine © The School of American Ballet

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: July 28, 1947, Paris Opera Ballet (originally titled Le Palais de Cristal); March 22, 1948, New York City Ballet (renamed Symphony in C)

PNB Premiere: March 25, 1987

 

Rep 2 – BRIEF FLING

November 4 – 13, 2016

Brief Fling

Music: Michel Colombier and Percy Grainger

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Original Costume Design: Isaac Mizrahi

Original Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

Premiere: February 28, 1990, American Ballet Theatre (San Francisco, CA)

PNB Premiere: September 27, 2013

 

Forgotten Land

Music: Benjamin Britten

Choreography: Jiri Kylian

Scenic and Costume Design: Jiri Kylian

Lighting Design: Joop Caboort

Lighting Re-Design: Kees Tjebbes

Premiere: April 12, 1981, Stuttgart Ballet

PNB Premiere: November 8, 2013

 

Stravinsky Violin Concerto

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Paul Boos and Colleen Neary

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: June 18, 1972, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: March 5, 1986

 

George Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER

November 25 – December 29, 2016

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 16, 2016.)

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Judith Fugate, with Peter Boal and Garielle Whittle

Scenic & Costume Design: Ian Falconer

Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Original Lev Ivanov Production Premiere: December 6, 1892, Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg

Balanchine Production Premiere: February 2, 1954, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: November 27, 2015

 

Rep 3Cendrillon (PNB Premiere)

February 3 – 12, 2017

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot

Scenic Design: Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Costume Design: Jérôme Kaplan

Lighting Design: Dominique Drillot

Premiere: December 23, 1996, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

 

Rep 4 – DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

March 17 – 26, 2017

New Suite

Music: George Frideric Handel, Luciano Berio, Johann Sebastian Bach

Choreography: William Forsythe

Scenic and Lighting Design: William Forsythe

Costume Design: William Forsythe and Yumiko Takeshima

Premiere: February 25, 2012, Dresden Semperoper Ballet

PNB Premiere: March 13, 2015

 

World Premiere

Choreography: Jessica Lang

Premiere: August 24, 2016, Pacific Northwest Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, Massachusetts

Commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

 

Empire Noir (PNB Premiere)

Music: Greg Haines

Choreography: David Dawson

Scenic Design: John Otto

Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima

Lighting Design: Bert Dalhuysen

Premiere: June 17, 2015, Dutch National Ballet

 

Hansel & Gretel

March 19 – 26, 2017 (Part of PNB’s “Family Matinees” series. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

Featuring students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Music: Oskar Nedbal

Concept and Choreography: Bruce Wells

Staging: Michele Curtis and Otto Neubert

Scenic Design: Edith Whitsett

Costume Design: Pacific Northwest Ballet Costume Shop

Witch Costume Design: Victoria McFall

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: March 18, 2007, PNB School

 

Rep 5 – BALLET ON BROADWAY

April 14 – 23, 2017

Carousel (A Dance)

Music: Richard Rodgers

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Costume Design: Holly Hynes

Lighting Design: Mark Stanley

Premiere: November 26, 2002, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: March 12, 2009

 

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

Music: Richard Rodgers

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Scenic and Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Costume Design: Holly Hynes

Premiere: May 2, 1968, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: September 20, 2008

 

West Side Story Suite

Music: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Choreography: Jerome Robbins with Peter Genarro

Scenic Design: Oliver Smith

Costume Design: Irene Sharaff

Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

Premiere: May 18, 1995, New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: March 12, 2009

 

REP 6 – PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

June 2 – 11, 2017

La Source (PNB Premiere)

Music: Léo Delibes

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Peter Boal

Original Costume Design: Karinska

Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates

Premiere: November 23, 1968, New York City Ballet

 

Opus 19 / The Dreamer (PNB Premiere)

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Staging: Peter Boal

Costume Design: Ben Benson

Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates

Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

Premiere: June 14, 1979, New York City Ballet

 

Pictures at an Exhibition (PNB Premiere)

Music: Modest Mussorgsky

Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky

Costume Design: Adeline Andre

Lighting Design: Mark Stanley

Projection Design: Wendall K. Harrington

Premiere: October 2, 2014, New York City Ballet

SEASON ENCORE PERFORMANCE

Sunday, June 11, 2017

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2017.)

 

NEXT STEP Choreographers’ Showcase

Friday, June 16, 2017

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2017.)

 

36th Annual PNB School Performances

Saturday, June 17, 2017

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2017.)

 

PNB ON TOUR

(Tickets not available through the PNB Box Office.)

August 24 – 28, 2016

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA

Sum Stravinsky (Stravinsky/Gaines); 3 Movements (Reich/Millepied); World Premiere (Jessica Lang)

For more information, visit JacobsPillow.org.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Money-saving full-season (six-show) subscriptions, starting at $150, go on sale beginning Tuesday, February 16. Subscriber benefits include free and easy ticket exchanges, discounts off additional single ticket purchases, pre-sale privileges for special performances, the opportunity to purchase pre-paid parking, 20% off PNB School Open dance classes for adults, a subscriber discount card, and more. (Single tickets to the 2016-2017 season go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 18; Tickets to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker go on sale Monday, May 16.)

Subscriptions may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Phone: 206.441.2424
  • In Person: 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center
  • Online: PNB.org (beginning March 1.)

For information on discount offers including The Pointe, TeenTix, and Group Sales, visit PNB.org. While there, sign up on PNB’s email list, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Be among the first to learn about PNB news, casting and performance updates, ticket offers, and more.

PNB offers a variety of free or affordably-priced special events for most of its productions, including previews, conversations, lectures, and Q&As. For more information, visit PNB.org and click on the “Events & Offers” tab under each specific production’s listing.

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