pnb: 2010–2011 season announcement

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET

2010–2011 Season Announcement—Revised
They’ve added Giselle! We lose Ancient Airs and Dances, but that’s about it. Who’s your pick for Giselle?

Kaori Nakamura and Lucien Postlewaite in Kylian’s Petite Mort (Photo by Angela Sterling)

new press release


PRESS RELEASE FROM 3/26/10
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Pacific Northwest Ballet announces addition/change to 2010-2011 season line-up.

World premiere staging of classic Giselle

Subscriptions available now: Single tickets go on sale July 19, 2010.

SEATTLE, WA — Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced a major addition to the company’s 2010-2011 line-up.  The final performances of the season will unveil a world premiere staging of the classic Giselle.  This production marks the first time an American company has revived ballet’s great tragedy based on original material researched by Stepanov dance notation expert, Doug Fullington, in collaboration with leading Giselle scholar Marian Smith.  Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has become one of the most popular ballets of all time and is considered a masterpiece of the Romantic era.   (The placement of Giselle in the final slot of the season has necessitated moving Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH to the fourth slot, where it will replace the previously-announced Ancient Airs and Dances.)

Other highlights of PNB’s 2010-2011 season include the return of Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort paired with the PNB premiere of Six Dances, both from Kylian’s “Black and White” series; company premieres of works by Jerome Robbins and Alexei Ratmansky, an all-Tharp program; a world premiere by Mopey choreographer Marco Goecke; Kent Stowell’s magical Cinderella; and the return of PNB’s renowned production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Subscriptions to PNB’s 2010-2011 six-repertory season are available now, through the PNB Box Office, either by phone (206.441.2424) or in person at 301 Mercer Street (call for hours of operation).  Discounted subscription rates are available for seniors, students, and children.  Single tickets for the subscription season, as well as Nutcracker (and other programming to be announced), go on sale to the general public Monday, July 19, 2010.  All programming and dates are subject to change.  For more information, visit PNB’s website, www.pnb.org.

2010-2011 SUBSCRIPTION SEASON LINE-UP*

Rep 1 – DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

September 24 – October 3, 2010

Six Dances – PNB Premiere

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Choreography: Jiri Kylian

Staging: Roslyn Anderson

Petite Mort

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Choreography: Jiri Kylian

Staging: Roslyn Anderson

Jardí Tancat

Music: Maria del Mar Bonet

Choreography: Nacho Duato

Staging: Hilde Koch

Glass Pieces – PNB Premiere

Music: Philip Glass

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Rep 2 – ALL THARP

November 5 – 14, 2010

Opus 111

Music: Johannes Brahms

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Afternoon Ball

Music: Vladimir Martynov

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Waterbaby Bagatelles

Music: 20th-century bagatelles (Anton Webern, Kevin Volans, John Lurie, David Lang, Astor Piazzolla, Mickey Hart, John Adams)

Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Staging: Shelley Washington

Rep 3 – CINDERELLA

February 4 – 13, 2011

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Kent Stowell

Staging: Kent Stowell and Francia Russell

Scenic Design: Tony Straiges

Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Rep 4 – CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS

March 18 – 27, 2011

Concerto DSCH – PNB Premiere

Music: Dmitri Shostakovich

Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky

World Premiere

Choreography: Marco Goecke

Pacific

Music: Lou Harrison

Choreography: Mark Morris

Staging: Tina Fehlandt

The Piano Dance

Music: John Cage, Frederic Chopin, Alberto Ginastera, Bela Bartok, Gyorgy Ligeti

Choreography: Paul Gibson

Rep 5 – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

April 8 – 17, 2011

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Francia Russell

Scenic and Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

REP 6 – GISELLE – World Premiere Staging

June 3 – 12, 2011                           

                              

Libretto: Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier

Music: Adolphe Adam

Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa

Staging: Peter Boal

Choreography Reconstruction: Doug Fullington

Historical Adviser: Marian Smith

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

OLD PRESS RELEASE…THE ONE ABOVE IS THE CORRECT AND CURRENT ONE, BUT I’M LEAVING THIS SO YOU CAN COMPARE IF YOU WANT TO.
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Pacific Northwest Ballet announces 2010-2011 season line-up.
–Plus–
Reduction in performances per program. Thank you, economy!

Subscriptions available now: Single tickets go on sale July 19, 2010.
Opening nights moved from Thursday to Friday.

PNB 2010-2011 Season Line-Up
Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal has unveiled his proposed line-up for the company’s 2010-2011 season. Highlights include the return of Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort paired with the PNB premiere of Six Dances, both from Kylian’s “Black and White” series; company premieres of works by Jerome Robbins and Alexei Ratmansky, an all-Tharp program; a world premiere by Mopey choreographer Marco Goecke; Kent Stowell’s magical Cinderella; and the return of PNB’s renowned production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Subscriptions to PNB’s 2010-2011 six-repertory season are available now, through the PNB Box Office, either by phone (206.441.2424) or in person at 301 Mercer Street (call for hours of operation). Discounted subscription rates are available for seniors, students, and children. Single tickets for the subscription season, as well as Nutcracker (and other programming to be announced), go on sale to the general public Monday, July 19, 2010. All programming and dates are subject to change. For more information, visit PNB’s website, www.pnb.org.
2010-2011 SUBSCRIPTION SEASON LINE-UP*

Rep 1 – DIRECTOR’S CHOICE
September 24 – October 3, 2010
Six Dances – PNB Premiere
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreography: Jiri Kylian
Staging: Roslyn Anderson
Petite Mort
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreography: Jiri Kylian
Staging: Roslyn Anderson
Jardí Tancat
Music: Maria del Mar Bonet
Choreography: Nacho Duato
Staging: Hilde Koch
Glass Pieces – PNB Premiere
Music: Philip Glass
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Rep 2 – ALL THARP
November 5 – 14, 2010
Opus 111
Music: Johannes Brahms
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Afternoon Ball
Music: Vladimir Martynov
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Waterbaby Bagatelles
Music: 20th-century bagatelles (Anton Webern, Kevin Volans, John Lurie, David Lang, Astor Piazzolla, Mickey Hart, John Adams)
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Staging: Shelley Washington
Rep 3 – CINDERELLA
February 4 – 13, 2011
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Staging: Kent Stowell and Francia Russell
Scenic Design: Tony Straiges
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Rep 4 – ANCIENT AIRS/MODERN DANCES
March 18 – 27, 2011
Ancient Airs and Dances
Music: Ottorino Respighi
Choreography: Richard Tanner
World Premiere
Choreography: Marco Goecke
Pacific
Music: Lou Harrison
Choreography: Mark Morris
Staging: Tina Fehlandt
The Piano Dance
Music: John Cage, Frederic Chopin, Alberto Ginastera, Bela Bartok, Gyorgy Ligeti
Choreography: Paul Gibson
Rep 5 – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
April 8 – 17, 2011
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Francia Russell
Scenic and Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
REP 6
June 3 – 12, 2011
A ballet to be announced, and
Concerto DSCH – PNB Premiere
Music: Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
And don’t forget:
Stowell/Sendak NUTCRACKER
November 26 – December 27, 2010
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Scenic & Costume Design: Maurice Sendak
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
*Schedule and All Programming Subject to Change.
AND NOW,  SOME NEWS ABOUT BELT-TIGHTENING
As you know, the performing arts community has been hit hard by the recent economic recession. While our loyal patrons continue to attend Pacific Northwest Ballet performances, ticket sales and donations have suffered significantly during this downturn. In response, we have already enacted numerous measures to lessen the impact of the downturn – administrative staff furloughs, careful reduction in expenses, contract renegotiations with artists, among others. When exploring ways to save, we always look first at what will not have an impact on the artistic integrity of our performances and school. That’s why we continue to perform to live music, commission new works, and retain the highest quality of dancers. In addition to implementing the aforementioned measures to continue to present outstanding ballet performances with fewer resources, PNB has concluded that we need to reduce the number of subscriber performances per program from eight to seven, beginning with the first program in the 2010-2011 Season. Starting in September, we will eliminate the first Thursday performance and move opening night to Friday.
The first Thursday performance is one of our least-subscribed series, with the highest number of no-shows and exchange-outs, so the fewest subscribers possible are impacted by this decision. PNB generally sells more tickets during the second week of a production, so it was important to retain the second Thursday in order to maximize ticket sales, and the second Thursday performance has good availability into which we can move first-Thursday subscribers.
For our subscribers currently attending Thursday or Friday of opening week, we are offering several options, including moving dates, seats, or switching to another series. In all scenarios, our box office staff will make every effort to place them in their same seats, or as close as possible to the seating location of their choice. Affected subscribers should call the PNB box office at 206.441.2424.
We deeply appreciate the loyalty of our PNB subscribers. We strive to make their experience with us as rewarding as possible, and we will make every effort to continue to present the standard of excellence that our audiences have come to expect from their ballet company.

7 comments

  1. The best work in the PNB repertoire by Tharp — arguably, the best work in the PNB repertoire, period — is “In the Upper Room.” Too bad we won’t be seeing that, instead of the lackluster “Opus 111.”

  2. I say we protest! While I liked Opus 111, I really, really wanted to see In the Upper Room again too.

    It’s funny: when I first saw it, I didn’t like it: too long and there were parts toward the end where the dancers were just moving because Glass had put music there. Plus it’s a marathon, so it seemed brutal not to just shorten it to a manageable length. But the second time I liked it a lot…third time I wanted to sit through it again. (Still not a fan of the costumes…)

    I’m looking forward to Waterbaby Bagatelles, though. I thought it was kooky and fun. Benjamin Griffiths was especially fabulous in it.

  3. The last two pieces by Tharp for PNB, “Opus 111” and “Afternoon Ball” were some of the worst works, in my opinion, ever made by Tharp. Trite, boring, NOT funny and a waste of a big PNB paycheck. I was, perhaps, the only person in the theater NOT giving a standing ovation. I’ll give this evening a miss.

  4. I asked Peter Boal about “In the Upper Room” at the Friday preview performance on March 12. He said that the dancers felt “beaten up” by the work and that he wasn’t comfortable bringing it back so soon, but that it would return eventually.

  5. “Upper Room” is a little bombastic for my liking, but it’s certainly the best piece involving a fog machine in PNB’s repertoire.

  6. “I say we protest! While I liked Opus 111, I really, really wanted to see In the Upper Room again too.”

    I’m with you. I’m very glad to see “Afternoon Ball” again.

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