PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET CELEBRATES ITS 40th ANNIVERSARY!

August 19, 2012

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET CELEBRATES ITS 40th ANNIVERSARY!

                       

EVENING GALA, “THE DREAM CONTINUES,” KICKS OFF THE SEASON WITH SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE OF “CIRCUS POLKA” ON OPENING NIGHT.

 

PERFORMANCES DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF DESIGNER MARTIN PAKLEDINAZ.

 

September 21-30, 2012

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

 

September 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm

September 27-29 at 7:30 pm

September 22, 29 & 30 at 1:00 pm

 

SEATTLE, WA – To launch the 40th Anniversary Season and honor Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s wondrous Cinderella returns to McCaw Hall for eight performances, September 21-30, 2012. Choreographer Stowell conjures rare enchantment from this best-loved tale by recalling Cinderella’s long-lost mother in a tender memory scene and then returning her in the guise of Fairy Godmother. As if stepping between the pages of a beloved story book, the ballet’s breathtaking beauty, in union with Prokofiev’s evocative score, vividly illustrates the familiar narrative and supports a rich array of character roles—from silly step-sisters to tiny dancing pumpkins to a gentle, handsome prince. And when her ivory carriage rolls to a stop at the entrance to a magnificent golden ballroom and Cinderella takes her first, shy steps into the midst of swirling, scarlet-clad dancers, all hearts go with her into this dream come true.

 

Opening night of Cinderella will feature an added treat: A one-night-only performance of Stravinsky’s charming Circus Polka, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with a special guest Ringmaster, former PNB principal dancer Patricia Barker. PNB’s 40th Anniversary kick-off continues well into the night with the 2012–2013 Season Opening Gala: The Dream Continues — a festive evening of dining, music, and dance. (Gala tickets are sold separately; for more information, please see the Special Events section below).

 

The run of Cinderella will be dedicated to the memory of designer Martin Pakledinaz, who passed away recently. “It is Marty’s costumes that stay with us long after the clock strikes twelve,” said PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal. “Marty was a gift to the worlds of ballet, opera, theater and film. He was the palette and the passion behind several PNB productions, including Francia Russell’s acclaimed 1997 staging of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The beauty of Cinderella will be a stunning and powerful tribute to this extraordinary designer and friend to PNB.”  Several costumes which Mr. Pakledinaz designed for PNB’s repertory will be on display at McCaw Hall during the run of Cinderella.

 

Cinderella runs from September 21 through 30, 2012 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets to all performances start at $28 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street.

 

ABOUT THE BALLET

 

CINDERELLA

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
Premiere: May 31, 1994; Pacific Northwest Ballet

Running Time: Two hours and 30 minutes

 

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Cinderella, conceived and choreographed in 1994 by Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell, is a sweet and tender story of love lost and found. In sustaining this romantic focus throughout the ballet, Stowell has departed meaningfully from earlier modern versions of Cinderella, most of which took their lead from Frederick Ashton’s 1948 production for the Royal Ballet. Drawing heavily on the English music hall tradition, especially in the depiction of the ugly stepsisters (who, unlike in PNB’s production, were danced by men en travestie), those Cinderellas, Stowell believes, were more comic-tragic than romantic in feeling. And, wedded to the original 1945 score, which Sergei Prokofiev modeled on the 19th-century ballets of Marius Petipa, they boasted more theatrical variety than narrative or emotional cohesiveness.

 

Restoring the continuity of Cinderella’s story and its feeling became Stowell’s guiding principle in the design of PNB’s production. Central to this conception is the contrast between the Real World and the Dream World of Cinderella’s experience. A young woman whose beloved mother has died and whose father has remarried, in reverie she revisits the happiness of the past even as she tries to cope bravely with the unhappiness of her new home life. When her fairy godmother appears, and is the same dancer as the memory-mother it is clear that the love Cinderella experienced as a child remains with her into adulthood—a deep store of wisdom and hope to guide her towards future happiness. As she meets the Prince at the ball in Act II and as he searches for and finds her in Act III, the emphasis is steadily on the realization of a love relationship which restores a lost wholeness.

 

To achieve this narrative and emotional continuity, some revision of the Prokofiev score has been necessary. For example, Prokofiev wrote incidental music for the play Eugene Onegin that has been incorporated into Act I, making the dance lesson a meaningful contrast between Cinderella’s natural grace and the stepsisters’ awkwardness. To further reinforce the dramatic resonance, the mazurka in Act II has been replaced by the gavotte that Prokofiev wrote for his first symphony (and which he later rewrote for his Romeo and Juliet). A waltz that ended Act I now opens Act II, so that our first musical impression of the ball is of a glorious atmosphere for romance. And incidental music from Prokofiev’s opera Love for Three Oranges provides ideal music for newly conceived entertainment at the ball—The Theater of Marvels—that re-enacts the moral and psychological issues of the entire ballet. Other source materials include Summer Day, the “Mephisto Waltz” from the opera Lermontov, and the ballet The Stone Flower. With resplendent costumes by Martin Pakledinaz and sets by Tony Straiges that evoke an exquisite 18th-century world, PNB’s Cinderella is a fully realized romantic fairy tale for our time.  [Program Notes by Jeanie Thomas]

 

*Music details: Cinderella, Op. 87, 1940-1944, with excerpts from incidental music to Eugene Onegin [March, Scherzo, Prince and Princess], Op. 71, 1936; Lermontov film score [Mephisto Waltz], 1941-1942; A Summer’s Day Suite [Waltz], Op. 65, 1935-1941; Symphony No. 1 in D Major “Classical” [Gavotte], Op. 25, 1916-1917; The Tale of the Stone Flower [Waltz], Op. 118, 1948-1953; The Love for Three Oranges: Symphonic Suite, Op. 33bis, 1919/1924

 

CIRCUS POLKA (Opening Night only)
Music:
Igor Stravinsky (Circus Polka for Wind Symphony, 1942)
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Judith Fugate
Premiere: June 21, 1972; New York City Ballet (Stravinsky Festival)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: September 16, 2006

Running Time: 5 minutes

The 2006 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Circus Polka was generously underwritten by Marcella McCaffray.

 

Stravinsky composed Circus Polka for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1942. Balanchine’s ballet for “Fifty Elephants and Fifty Beautiful Girls” was performed 425 times. In 1972, Jerome Robbins created a new ballet to Stravinsky’s music, this time for 48 young dance students and a Ringmaster.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS


Sergei Prokofiev
(1891-1953) was a leading Soviet composer and brilliant pianist. He left Russia in 1918 and lived in Germany and Paris for the next sixteen years, with frequent trips to America for concert appearances. In 1934, he settled in Moscow and composed prolifically until his death. Among his best known works are the ballet scores Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and Prodigal Son; the opera Love for Three Oranges; the children’s classic, Peter and the Wolf; the film score and cantata for Alexander Nevsky; and the Classical Symphony.

 

Kent Stowell was Artistic Director and principal choreographer of Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1977 until his retirement in June 2005. Mr. Stowell began his dance training with Willem Christensen at the University of Utah, later joining San Francisco Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet in 1962 and was promoted to soloist in 1963. In 1970, he joined the Munich Opera Ballet as a leading dancer and choreographer. In 1973, Mr. Stowell was appointed ballet master and choreographer of Frankfurt Ballet, and he was named, with Francia Russell, Co-Artistic Director of the company in 1975. In 1977, Mr. Stowell and Ms. Russell were appointed Artistic Directors of Pacific Northwest Ballet. His many contributions to the repertory include Swan Lake, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Carmina Burana, Firebird, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Hail to the Conquering Hero, Carmen, and Silver Lining.

 

In 2001, the University of Utah honored Mr. Stowell with its Lifetime Achievement Award. His other awards and honors include the Washington State Governor’s Arts Award, the Dance Magazine Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Seattle University. In 2004, Mr. Stowell received the ArtsFund Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was recognized by the King County Council for his achievements in the arts. On June 12, 2010, Mr. Stowell was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts from the University of Washington.

 

Tony Straiges, a prolific designer for musical theater, has also designed for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Among many nominations, he has received the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his set designs for Sunday in the Park with George, as well as a Boston Critics Award, Joseph Maharan Award, Outer Critics Award, and Phoebe Award. Models of his designs are included in museums around the United States.

 

Martin Pakledinaz’s costumes have been seen both on and off Broadway, in opera houses in Seattle, Santa Fe, Dallas, Brussels, Toronto, and Tokyo, as well as at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His work for PNB, in addition to Kent Stowell’s Cinderella, includes new costumes for Stowell’s Zirkus Weill in 1995.  In 1997, he designed the costumes and created his first-ever set designs for Francia Russell’s acclaimed staging of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which PNB performed at the 1998 Edinburgh International Festival and at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Mr. Pakledinaz’s other dance credits include the costumes for The Hard Nut, Orfeo et Euridice, Medium, Rhymes with Silver, and A Lake, all for the Mark Morris Dance Group; Tuning Game and Silver Ladders for Helgi Tomasson/San Francisco Ballet; and works for Lila York and Eliot Feld. He has been the recipient of two Tony Awards for Thoroughly Modern Millie and the revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Mr. Pakledinaz passed away in July at the age of 58.

 

TICKET & SHOWTIME INFORMATION

 

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Kent Stowell’s Cinderella runs September 21-30, 2012 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. Showtimes are 7:30 pm September 21, 22 and 27-29 with 1:00 pm matinees on September 22, 29 and 30. Activities for children and families – including crafts and dance classes – begin one hour before all matinee performances.

 

Ticket range: $28 – $173.  Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • 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: pnb.org (24/7)

Tickets are also available, subject to availability, 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS & OFFERS

 

2012-2013 SEASON OPENING GALA: The Dream Continues
Friday, September 21, 2012

Join Pacific Northwest Ballet as we kick off our 40th Anniversary by celebrating the past and looking ahead to the future with our 2012-2013 Season Opening Gala: The Dream Continues—a festive evening of dining, music and dance.

 

Gala guests will walk the red carpet at an exclusive cocktail party before being whisked backstage for an elegant, pre-performance black tie dinner and raise-the-paddle fundraiser. A pre-performance cocktail party with live entertainment and a buffet dinner is also available. The party continues for all Gala guests at the after-party with music, dancing, drinks, and dessert on the McCaw Hall stage.

 

Pre-performance dinner tickets (including onstage after-party and valet parking) start at $300 per guest; Cocktail party tickets (including onstage after-party) are $100 per guest; onstage after-party tickets are $40 per guest. Note: Cinderella performance tickets are sold separately. Please contact PNB Special Events at 206.441.2429 or events@pnb.org for more information.

FUN FOR FAMILIES
Special activities for children and families – including crafts and dance classes – begin one hour before all matinee performances.

 

$15 TICKETS FOR AGE 25 & UNDER

Thursday and Friday performances: September 21, 27 and 28 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 September 21, 27 and 28 performances only. Offer is subject to availability and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid I.D. upon ticket retrieval.

 

TEEN TIX

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 seattlecenter.com/teentix.

 

STUDENT AND SENIOR RUSH TICKETS

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

 

GROUP SALES

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For group tickets, please call 206.441.2416, email juliej@pnb.org or visit pnb.org/Season/GroupTix.

 

FRIDAY PREVIEWS
Friday, September 14, 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 rehearsing excerpts from Cinderella. PNB Friday Previews offer an upbeat and up-close view of the Company preparing to put dance on stage. Tickets, $10 each, are available through the PNB Box Office.  (This event will sell out in advance.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.

 

BALLET PREVIEW — FREE
Tuesday, September 18, 12:00 noon

Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Downtown 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 Cinderella, complete with video excerpts. FREE.

 

PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lecture 5:30 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Dress Rehearsal 7:00 pm, McCaw Hall
Join PNB artistic staff during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets are $12 for the lecture, or $30 for the lecture and dress rehearsal. Tickets may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at pnb.org or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street.

 

Listen to the Ballet! 

PNB partners with Classical KING FM 98.1 to bring listeners some of the world’s most popular ballet scores, featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra direct from McCaw Hall. Tune in to KING FM for a live broadcast performance of Cinderella conducted by Emil de Cou on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 pm. Only on 98.1 fm or online at king.org/listen.

 

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 Cinderella to the stage. One hour before all performances. FREE for ticketholders.

 

Post-Performance Q&A
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Skip the post-show traffic and enjoy a Q&A with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers, immediately following each performance. FREE for ticketholders. (NOTE: There will be no post-performance Q&A on opening night, September 21.)

 

Cinderella is made possible in part by Media Sponsors KOMO 4 and The Seattle Times. The 2006 Pacific Northwest Ballet premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Circus Polka was generously underwritten by Marcella McCaffray. Special thanks to Opening Gala sponsors The Boeing Company; The BERC Group & Heather Baker Interior Design; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Perkins Coie LLC; Lane Powell PC; Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.; and Snoqualmie Tribe. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Season is proudly sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. Additional season support is provided by Artsfund, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture – King County Lodging Tax, the Wallace Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, and William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

 

Schedule and programming subject to change.

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