First Look Gala Friday, September 26, 2014 (Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Call the PNB Box Office for details.) Celebrate the opening of PNB’s 42nd season and salute the 25th Anniversary of the PNB Orchestra with a glamorous cocktail party, an elegant backstage dinner, and a dance party onstage after the performance! Edward Villella is scheduled to be PNB’s honored guest at our season kick-off gala. For information, visit PNB.org. (Performance tickets sold separately. This event will sell out in advance.) Rep 1 – George Balanchine’s JEWELS™ September 26 – October 5, 2014 Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Costumed in emerald green, ruby red, and luminous white, the trio of gems in George Balanchine’s Jewels pay tribute to golden ages of music and dance. Evoking the birthplace of Romantic ballet, Emeralds’ graceful clouds of tulle whisper French courtesy, fashion, and fragrance. Rubies mirrors the carefree spontaneity of America, Balanchine’s beloved adopted country: a sassy, jazzy collaboration with Stravinsky. The splendor of Diamonds recalls the great choreographer’s heritage, so that “if the entire Imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence” (Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp). Rep 2 – DIRECTOR’S CHOICE November 7 – 16, 2014 A Million Kisses to My Skin Music: Johann Sebastian Bach Choreography: David Dawson Premieres pair with stunning repertory works in this absorbing mixed bill. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s (Cylindrical Shadows) critically-acclaimed signature piece, Before After, a PNB premiere, unmasks the turmoil just before a relationship ends. David Dawson’s breathtaking, hyper-extended A Million Kisses to my Skin references the intoxicating bliss dancers experience while performing. Rassemblement, Nacho Duato’spoignant work set to slave songs by Haitian artist Toto Bissainthe, voices communal yearning and resistance in a climate of oppression. The program also features a world premiere by New York City Ballet’s newly-appointed resident choreographer Justin Peck. Stowell & Sendak NUTCRACKER November 28 – December 28, 2014 (Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Call the PNB Box Office for details.) Created by Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and famed author and illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), PNB’s one-of-a-kind Nutcracker has been dazzling Northwest audiences for 31 years. Join us for the final season of our beloved Nutcracker before it goes into the PNB vault. (In 2015, PNB will unveil a new production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, featuring sets and costumes by author and theatre designer Ian Falconer.) Rep 3 – DON QUIXOTE January 30 – February 8, 2015 Alexei Ratmansky’s genius for revitalizing classic ballets is the talk of the dance world. America had its first look at his staging of Don Quixote when PNB premiered it to great acclaim in 2012. Vast in every sense—from Jérôme Kaplan’s colossal sun-bleached sets and vibrant costumes to the expansive sweep of the choreography—Don Q is informed by Ratmansky’s technical fluency punctuated by carefree humor. A perfectly crafted story ballet, the plot follows its visionary hero to the city of Barcelona, where he becomes entangled in the affairs of spirited young lovers. Bravura dancing, captivating character players, and stunning stagecraft combine with Ludwig Minkus’ rousing score to deliver a tremendous theater experience to audiences of all ages. Guest artists Tom Skerritt and Allen Galli are scheduled to return in their acclaimed performances as Don Quixote and his devoted squire, Sancho Panza. Rep 4 – THE VERTIGINOUS THRILL OF FORSYTHE March 13 – 22, 2015 A William Forsythe triple threat, including two PNB premieres, presents distinctive works from a dance maker legendary for his radical inventiveness. Forsythe achieves perfect neo-classical form in The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, a dizzy delight of virtuoso technique and crystalline pointe work. A sampler of duets, individually re-worked for PNB, New Suite’s multiple pairings articulate a diversity of forms as well as matters between the sexes. In the middle, somewhat elevated returns: endlessly prized by dancers and audiences, its relentless pace and fierce physicality serve as paradigm for Forsythe’s revolutionary impact on 21st-century ballet. SNOW WHITE March 15 – 21, 2015 (Part of PNB’s “Family Matinees” subscription package. Call the PNB Box Office for details.) Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? PNB’s enchanting production, performed by students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, is true to the treasured tale of a jealous Queen, her beautiful stepdaughter, and a legendary kiss. This narrated, hour-long performance is the perfect opportunity to introduce young children to the magic of live theatre. Rep 5 – SWAN LAKE April 10 – 19, 2015 The most popular classical ballet of all time, Swan Lake’s powerful tale of love and deception is inseparable from its haunting moonlit beauty and Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. The ultimate challenge for each ballerina who performs the dual roles of Odette and Odile, this beautiful production offers an ideal opportunity to introduce friends and family to the wonders of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s remarkable dancers and Kent Stowell’s magnificent Swan Lake. REP 6 – CARMINA BURANA May 29 – June 7, 2015 PNB closes its season with a tremendous double-bill of repertory works. Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH, an “endlessly suspenseful construction [with] passages of breathtaking dance brilliance” (New York Times) returns, dazzling eyes and ears with its playful, propulsive energy.. And in Kent Stowell’s primal Carmina Burana, a grand-scale synthesis of dance, chorus, and orchestra, the famous cantata’s poems materialize as the entire Company unites song and score in jubilant communal experience under Carmina’s colossal golden wheel of fortune. SEASON ENCORE PERFORMANCE Sunday, June 7, 2015 (Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2015.) Encore! Encore! PNB celebrates the conclusion of its season, and bids adieu to departing dancers, with its annual Encore Performance of audience favorites. NEXT STEP choreographers’ showcase Friday, June 12, 2015 (Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets to this event go on sale in 2015.) Experience the arrival of the next generation of dance artists! A vehicle for emerging talent, NEXT STEP gives PNB Company dancers the opportunity to step up as choreographers, and PNB School’s Professional Division students take centerstage in an all-premiere line-up of works created just for them. Tickets to the 2014-2015 season go on sale Monday, July 21. (Season subscriptions are available now.) Tickets and subscriptions may be purchase through the PNB Box Office: Phone: 206.441.2424 In Person: 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center Online: PNB.org Schedule and programming subject to change.Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2014-2015 season is proudly sponsored by ArtsFund and Microsoft Corporation. The season is also sponsored in part by 4Culture, and Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.