Ballet NEWS | Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Contemporary 4

December 28, 2010

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                

Pacific Northwest Ballet presents

featuring works by


March 18-27, 2011

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

March 18-19 at 7:30 pm

March 19 at 2:00 pm

March 24-26 at 7:30 pm

March 27 at 1:00 pm

SEATTLE, WA — For the fourth program in its 2010-2011 season, Pacific Northwest Ballet will present the local premiere of master choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH, as well as the world premiere of a new work created by Marco Goecke.  The CONTEMPORARY 4 mixed repertory program also features the return of Paul Gibson’s The Piano Dance and Mark Morris’s Pacific. CONTEMPORARY 4 runs March 18-27, 2011 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at just $27 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer St.

The line-up for CONTEMPORARY 4 will include:

The Piano Dance

Music: John Cage, Frederick Chopin, Alberto Ginastera, Bela Bartok, Gyorgy Legeti

Choreography: Paul Gibson

Set to ten piano pieces, the chic, ruby velvet group and solo dances, created by former PNB principal dancer (and now Ballet Master) Paul Gibson, are capped by a “spectacular pas de deux that manages to evoke both abandon and restraint” (The New York Times).

New Goecke – World Premiere

Music:  TBA

Choreography: Marco Goecke

Young German choreographer Marco Goecke, known to PNB audiences for his cult-classic solo Mopey, stages a World Premiere that is certain to be stamped with his enigmatic, quirky style.


Music: Lou Harrison

Choreography: Mark Morris

Staging: Tina Fehlandt

Pacific’s serene alliance of mood and movement appears innately formed from the psyche of Lou Harrison’s 1990 score. The dancers’ full-skirted strides and uplifted arms, set against expansive blue and orange vistas, convey effortless accord, a deep sense of well-being, and “ever-surprising combinations, ever delightful to behold” ( Pacific was the first work by Mark Morris to enter PNB’s repertory.

 Concerto DSCH– PNB Premiere

Music: Dmitri Shostakovich

Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky

Concerto DSCH, PNB’s first work by critically acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, represents a major introduction. A graduate of the Bolshoi’s Moscow Ballet School, Ratmansky danced and choreographed internationally before the Bolshoi commissioned a ballet and then invited him to become artistic director. Emblematic of his work, Concerto DSCH is engaging, musical, and full of surprise. “One of Ratmansky’s great gifts is stitching together classical steps in ways that…the unexpected twists or choice of movements never look plotted” (The Village Voice). “Everything Ratmansky creates has a secret inside it” (The New Yorker).


Tickets ($27-$165 advance) may be purchased through the Pacific Northwest Box Office:

  • By Phone – 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • In Person – 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • Online at Pacific Northwest’s website  (24/7)

Subject to availability, tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street.



All Thursday and Friday performances: March 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm

One ticket for $15 and two for $25 for patrons 25 years and younger! To purchase tickets, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424 or visit 301 Mercer Street. This offer is good for March 18, 24 and 25 performances only. Offer is subject to availability and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid I.D. upon ticket retrieval.


PNB is a proud participant of Seattle Center’s Teen Tix program. Young people 13 to 19 years old can purchase tickets to PNB performances and other music, dance, theater and arts events for only $5. To join Teen Tix or view a list of participating organizations, visit Seattle Center’s Teen Tix webpage at


Subject to availability, half-price tickets for students and senior citizens (65+) may be purchased in-person with ID, beginning 90 minutes prior to showtime at the McCaw Hall box office.


Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For group tickets, please call 206.441.2416, email or use PNB’s Online Group Builder at (PNB’s Online Group Builder is available for audience members to gather friends, family and co-workers to see any performance and save.)


Friday, March 11, 6:00 pm

The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle
Join us for an hour-long dance preview led by Artistic Director Peter Boal and featuring PNB dancers performing excerpts from CONTEMPORARY 4. PNB Friday Previews offer an upbeat and up-close view of the Company preparing to put dance on stage. Tickets, $10 each, go on sale January 17 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street. (These events often sell out in advance.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.


Sunday, March 13, 2:00 pm

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle
PNB’s Sunday afternoon series features an hour-long discussion about CONTEMPORARY 4 with PNB dancers in the casual atmosphere of the Elliott Bay Book Company reading room.  All Conversations with PNB are FREE of charge.


Tuesday, March 15, 12:00 noon

Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

Join PNB for a free lunch-hour preview lecture at the Central Seattle Public Library. Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about CONTEMPORARY 4, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lecture 6:00 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Dress Rehearsal 7:00 pm, McCaw Hall
Join PNB artistic staff, choreographers, and/or stagers during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets are $12 for the lecture, or $25 for the lecture and dress rehearsal. Tickets may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer St.

Pre-Performance Lectures
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Join Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington for a 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design and the process of bringing ballet to the stage. One hour before performances. FREE for ticketholders.

Post-Performance Q&A
Skip the post-show traffic and enjoy a post-performance Q&A with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers. Immediately following each performance in the Norcliffe Room at McCaw Hall. FREE for ticketholders.

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Schedule and programming subject to change.  

CONTEMPORARY 4 is made possible by presenting sponsor The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The PNB premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH is generously underwritten by Peter & Peggy Horvitz. PNB’s performances of Mark Morris’ Pacific are generously underwritten by Marcella McCaffray. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2010-2011 Season is proudly sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. Additional season support is provided by Artsfund, National Endowment for the Arts, PONCHO, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture – King County Lodging Tax, the Wallace Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, and William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

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