Pacific Northwest Ballet and PNB School present a Day of Dance

May 25, 2012

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Pacific Northwest Ballet and PNB School present a Day of Dance

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

 

1:30 pm: THE 31st ANNUAL PNB SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

Featuring PNB School Students in George Balanchine’s Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée” and a world premiere by PNB Company dancer Price Suddarth

 

7:00 pm: NEXT STEP

PNB’s Annual Choreographic Showcase

Six world premieres created by PNB Company dancers for Professional Division students and between the two performances: The Fourth Annual PNB School Celebration Dinner. Both performances will feature the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Stephen Rogers Radcliffe

 

SEATTLE, WA — On Saturday, June 16, Pacific Northwest Ballet School presents two programs of dance, featuring the talented young artists of Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. The 31st ANNUAL SCHOOL PERFORMANCE will be presented at 1:30 pm, featuring students of all levels performing original works by PNB School faculty, designed to showcase the students’ skills and accomplishments over the past year. PNB School’s most advanced students will perform George Balanchine’s Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”; Stravinsky’s score for this work will be performed live by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor and SYSO music director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe. Audiences will also see the world premiere of Time Out, choreographed by PNB Company dancer Price Suddarth to music by Bach. Later that evening, PNB will bring six more new works to the McCaw Hall stage with NEXT STEP, a one-night-only showcase featuring world premieres choreographed by PNB Company dancers and performed by PNB School’s Professional Division students. Music for select pieces in NEXT STEP will also be performed live by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. In between the two performances, PNB School will host its Fourth Annual School Celebration Dinner at Prelude restaurant in McCaw Hall to honor the successes of PNB School students over the past year. All three events take place at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets may be purchased from the PNB Box Office: 206.441.2424, online, or in person at 301 Mercer Street.  (See TICKET & SHOWTIME INFORMATION below for more details.)

 

“I feel an obligation as an Artistic Director to offer opportunities to up-and-coming choreographers so that they can practice their craft,” says PNB Artistic Director and PNB School Director Peter Boal. “How else do you develop the next Balanchine, the next Jiri Kylian, or Christopher Wheeldon?  Young choreographers such as Mathew Neenan and Olivier Wevers got their first chances at showcases such as NEXT STEP.  I think that without that opportunity, the art form doesn’t continue to renew itself.  We need NEXT STEP in order to invest in the future of our profession.”

 

“The Seattle Youth Symphony is committed to enriching our nationally recognized orchestral curriculum with outstanding performance collaborations such as that with the Pacific Northwest Ballet,” adds Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras music director. “Both Peter Boal and I agree…the bold new works of tomorrow will be increasingly created, interpreted and performed by the young artists of today. For both musicians and dancers, this type of ground-breaking program fosters appreciation and awareness across multiple artistic genres and expands the creative horizons of our students.”

 

31ST ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

 

PNB School’s 31st Annual School Performance features Levels I–VIII and DanceChance students performing programs designed to showcase their skills and accomplishments over the past year. The performance will also feature Professional Division students performing a world premiere by PNB Company dancer Price Suddarth and George Balanchine’s Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”.

 

Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Peter Boal
Costume Design: based on original designs by Eugene Berman
Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates
Lighting Design Re-creation: Randal G. Chiarelli
Premiere: June 21, 1972; New York City Ballet (Stravinsky Festival)

PNB Premier: November 4, 2011

Balanchine’s distillation of the Stravinsky ballet Le Baiser de la Fée premiered at NYCB’s legendary 1972 Stravinsky Festival. The original production of the ballet was commissioned by Ida Rubinstein and choreographed in 1928 by Bronislava Nijinska. Balanchine choreographed the full work in 1937 for the American Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and restaged it for New York City Ballet in 1950.

Time Out – World Premiere
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography: Price Suddarth
Costumes: Larae Hascall and PNB Costume Shop
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

The world premiere of Time Out was generously underwritten by the PNB Education Committee.


FOURTH ANNUAL PNB SCHOOL CELEBRATION DINNER

Planning to attend both the School Performance and NEXT STEP and need a bite to eat between the two? Join us for the Fourth Annual PNB School Celebration Dinner, beginning immediately following the School Performance with a cocktail reception at 4:30 pm in Prelude restaurant at McCaw Hall. This celebratory event will commemorate the successes of PNB School and its students over the past year.

NEXT STEP

PNB continues its commitment to bringing new works to the McCaw Hall stage with NEXT STEP, a one-night-only showcase featuring six world premieres created by Company dancers for PNB School’s most advanced students. With NEXT STEP, PNB School’s Professional Division students will take the stage once more, in an all-premiere program created for them by Company dancers: Chelsea Adomaitis, Kyle Davis, Kiyon Gaines, Eric Hipolito Jr., Sean Rollofson, and Ezra Thomson. Select works will feature the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.  (See DETAILS below for bios of choreographers).

TICKET & SHOWTIME INFORMATION\

All three events take place on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.

The PNB School 31st Annual School Performance will be presented at 1:30 pm. Tickets to the School Performance are $30, $50 and $70.

The Fourth Annual PNB School Celebration Dinner begins immediately following the School Performance with a cocktail reception at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $65 for adults and $45 for youth and PNB School students. Patrons may also sponsor a PNB School scholarship student to attend the benefit dinner held in their honor for just $150 (includes one adult admittance). For more information about this event, contact Geri Morris at 206.441.3577 or gmorris@pnb.org.

NEXT STEP will be presented at 7:00 pm. Tickets to NEXT STEP are a steal at just $10, $15 and $20.

 

Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Phone: 206. 441.2424 (Mon.-Fri.      9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • In person: 301 Mercer St.      (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • Online: pnb.org (24/7)
  • 90      minutes prior to each performance (subject to availability) at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street.

ABOUT PNB SCHOOL

Founded in 1974, Pacific Northwest Ballet School is recognized as one of the top ballet training institutions in the United States. Under the direction of Peter Boal, the School offers a complete, professional curriculum to more than 900 students. The School’s Open Program attracts 600 teens and adults who wish to pursue recreational dance instruction in a supportive and encouraging setting. With two locations—The Phelps Center in Seattle and The Francia Russell Center in Bellevue—the School maintains a faculty of over 20 instructors, each with extensive performing backgrounds, and professional piano accompanists.

PNB School is divided into three divisions that are designed to challenge students with each year of study: Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet students (ages 5-7) are introduced to music, movement and group interaction. The Student Division offers eight levels of instruction. Auditions are required for admission and placement is based on age, strength, and physical development. The School’s Professional Division offers advanced instruction for students planning a professional dance career. This intensive dance instruction includes all aspects of classical ballet technique as well as modern, jazz, and character dance. The Professional Division program is complemented by courses in dance, history, music, choreography, special conditioning, and other related subjects. Students also receive physical and nutritional guidance from the School’s staff and professional consultants.

Students benefit from the close ties with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s professional Company, half of which received training in the School. Professional Division students often perform with the Company, and apprentices are drawn from the Professional Division. In addition to the School Performance, the annual production of Nutcracker gives students of all ages valuable performing experience.

In 1994, PNB School launched the DanceChance program with four partner schools, and has since been able to offer classical ballet training on full scholarship to over 950 elementary school children. The goal of the program is to discover talented youngsters and provide them with an opportunity that they might not otherwise have had.  Currently, DanceChance has 21 partner schools in Seattle and Bellevue. This year, 122 third and fourth grade students enrolled in DanceChance, selected from auditions of 1,600 students in the partner schools. DanceChance students are integrated into PNB School beginning at Level III. Currently, 35 DanceChance graduates are enrolled in Levels III through Professional Division. In the Fall of 2008, Eric Hipolito became the first DanceChance graduate to join Pacific Northwest Ballet as a corps member; currently four graduates have gone on to professional ballet careers.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, George Balanchine (1904-1983) is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. He came to the United States in late 1933, at the age of 29, accepting the invitation of the young American arts patron Lincoln Kirstein (1907-96), whose great passions included the dream of creating a ballet company in America. At Balanchine’s behest, Kirstein was also prepared to support the formation of an American academy of ballet that would eventually rival the long-established schools of Europe. This was the School of American Ballet, founded in 1934, the first product of the Balanchine-Kirstein collaboration. Several ballet companies directed by the two were created and dissolved in the years that followed, while Balanchine found other outlets for his choreography. Eventually, with a performance on October 11, 1948, the New York City Ballet was born. Balanchine served as its ballet master and principal choreographer from 1948 until his death. A major artistic figure of the twentieth century, Balanchine revolutionized the look of classical ballet. Taking classicism as his base, he heightened, quickened, expanded, streamlined, and even inverted the fundamentals of the 400-year-old language of academic dance. This had an inestimable influence on the growth of dance in America. Although at first his style seemed particularly suited to the energy and speed of American dancers, especially those he trained, his ballets are now performed by all the major classical ballet companies throughout the world.

Price Suddarth is from Westfield, Indiana. He studied at Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and he attended summer courses on scholarship at PNB School, the Rock School, the School of American Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. Mr. Suddarth joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2010. NEXT STEP 2011 marked his choreographic debut.

Chelsea Adomaitis is from Boston, Massachusetts. She studied with Wayne Stewarte in Massachusetts and at Harid Conservatory and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and she attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Harid Conservatory, the Royal Ballet School (London), and National Ballet School (Canada). Ms. Adomaitis joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2009 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2010. NEXT STEP 2012 marks her PNB choreographic debut.

Kyle Davis is from Green Bay, Wisconsin. He trained at Makaroff School of Ballet and on scholarship at Rock School for Dance Education and North Carolina School of the Arts, and attended summer courses on scholarship at Milwaukee Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He also studied with Ethan Stiefel and Warren Conover. In 2008, Mr. Davis won the Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also won various awards in the Youth American Grand Prix Regional and Finals in 2005 and 2006. He was a 2007–08 recipient of the Elizabeth Harriet Weaver Memorial Scholarship and the Martha and Spencer Love Foundation Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Davis joined PNB as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009. NEXT STEP 2012 marks his PNB choreographic debut.

Kiyon Gaines is from Baltimore, Maryland. He trained at Baltimore School of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School.  He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2001.  In addition to his performing career, Mr. Gaines is an accomplished choreographer.  He created blitz…Fantasy for PNB’s 2005 Choreographers’ Showcase, and                         {SCHWA} for the 2006 Choreographers’ Showcase. {SCHWA} was taken into PNB’s repertory during the 2007 Celebrate Seattle Spring Dance Festival.  For the 2007 Choreographers’ Showcase he choreographed Infinite Intricacies.  He has choreographed for Tri-Cities Academy, and participated in the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute. Mr. Gaines choreographed Interrupted Pri’si’zh’en and Threefortwoinone for the 2008 Choreographers’ Showcase, and made his PNB season repertory debut in 2008 with the premiere of M-Pulse. This is his ninth contribution to the NEXT STEP choreographic showcase.

Eric Hipolito Jr. is from Seattle, Washington. He trained on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, beginning as a DanceChance student in 1998. He attended summer courses at San Francisco Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and was a 2008 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. He was also the first recipient of the Jerome Robbins Scholarship, given by the Jerome Robbins Foundation, in 2007 and a 2008 recipient of a Level II award for ballet from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Mr. Hipolito joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer in 2008, becoming the first Pacific Northwest Ballet School DanceChance student to join the Company. NEXT STEP 2012 marks his PNB choreographic debut.

Sean Rollofson is from Redmond, Washington. He studied with Deborah Hadley at Washington Academy of Performing Arts and began attending Pacific Northwest Ballet School at age seven. He attended summer courses at the National Ballet School (Toronto) and on scholarship at the School of American Ballet. Mr. Rollofson joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009. This is his second contribution to the NEXT STEP choreographic showcase.

Ezra Thomson is from San Bernardino, California. He studied on scholarship at Riverside Ballet Arts, Orlando Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet School (Canada), the Rock School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Mr. Thomson was a 2009 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. He danced with Orlando Ballet before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2009. He was promoted to corps de ballet in 2010. This is his second contribution to the NEXT STEP choreographic showcase.

Special thanks to the Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, Glenn Kawasaki, NEXT STEP Presenting Sponsor The Boeing Company, and to our education supporters: Ameriprise Financial, Bellevue Arts Commission, Freed of London, Harvest Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Lockwood Foundation, MetLife Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Northwest Danish Association, PEMCO Foundation, PONCHO, Puget Sound Energy Foundation, Safeco Insurance Foundation, scan|design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun, Union Bank Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Creag Foundation, D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust, Fales Foundation Trust, Grousemont Foundation, Harold L. Wyman Foundation, Horizons Foundation, Key Foundation, Peg & Rick Young Foundation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, Anonymous, and members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Education Committee.

Programming subject to change

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