PNB: Carmina Burana/Agon
September 27 @ 7:30 pm
Pacific Northwest Ballet celebrates the opening of its 47th season with a powerhouse double-bill featuring iconic works by George Balanchine and PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell. The pinnacle of his legendary collaboration with Igor Stravinsky, Agon is, in Balanchine’s own words, “the quintessential contemporary ballet.” Declaring that “music like this has not been heard before,” Balanchine took up the challenge of Stravinsky’s fiendishly difficult score and choreographed a work that, matching the music in complexity and inventiveness, redefined ballet for our time. In Stowell’s primal Carmina Burana, a grand-scale synthesis of dance, chorus, solo singers and orchestra, Carl Orff’s famous 1937 musical cantata about the fickleness of fortune, the joy of renewal, and the perils of sin come vividly to life in the shadow of designer Ming Cho Lee’s colossal 26-foot golden wheel.