Pacific Northwest Ballet Dancer Stacy Lowenberg Announces Retirement
Following a 17-Year Career, Final Performances During 2010-2011 Season
Seattle, WA – Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Stacy Lowenberg has announced she will be retiring at the end of the 2010-2011 season, following a 17-year career, 14 years of which were spent with PNB.
“Being a ballet dancer has been a dream come true for me,” said Ms. Lowenberg. “I love what I do and feel honored to have danced professionally for Pacific Northwest Ballet. I have learned so much on this journey and hope everyone who has watched and supported me and been a part of my life will enjoy watching my life evolve into a new beginning and a new journey.”
Ms. Lowenberg trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1994, joined Oregon Ballet Theatre in 1996, and returned to PNB in 1999.
“Stacy has been a cherished presence on our stage for many years,” said PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal. “As a performer she will be missed. We are all excited about her successes in choreography and look forward to the next chapter for this gifted individual.”
Highlights in Ms. Lowenberg’s career include Titania, Helena and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty; Eliot Feld’s Intermezzo; George Balanchine’s Agon, Divertimento No. 15, Symphony in C, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, Emeralds, Serenade (Dark Angel) and The Four Temperaments; Todd Bolender’s Souvenirs (Vamp); Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs; Hans Van Manen’s Five Tangos; Lynn Taylor-Corbett’s The Ballad of You and Me and Mercury; William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Paul Taylor’s Roses; Marius Petipa’s Paquita; Mark Morris’ A Garden; Susan Stroman’s Take Five…More or Less; Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Nutcracker (Flora, Peacock), Cinderella (Summer Variation), Swan Lake, Firebird, Coppelia (Hymen Solo), and Silver Lining.
Ms. Lowenberg originated leading roles in Val Caniparoli’s Torque, Dominique Dumais’ Scripted in the Body and Time and Other Matter, Nicolo Fonte’s Within/Without, Paul Gibson’s Rush, Donald Byrd’s Seven Deadly Sins, James Canfield’s Charmed Quark (cq) and Paul Vasterling’s Seasons.
In addition to her professional dancing career, Ms. Lowenberg is continuing her dedication to her artistry through choreography. She has choreographed seven pieces and received rave reviews. Her works have been shown at McCaw Hall, Bumbershoot, Meydenbauer Theatre and on film for the Beijing Olympics. (The Beijing choreography was danced in Seattle before the 2008 Olympics.) Ms. Lowenberg has choreographed for Ballet Theatre of Des Moines, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, PNB Choreographers’ Showcase, and Ballet Bellevue. She will premiere a new work in Seattle Dance Project’s upcoming “Project 4” performances, January 28 – February 5 at The Erickson Theater on Capitol Hill. (www.seattledanceproject.org)
Ms. Lowenberg has also taught at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. In addition to her dance and choreography career, she is a Stott-certified Pilates instructor for PNB Conditioning and in her own private practice. Ms. Lowenberg has been a lululemon Ambassador and has been featured in Dance Magazine and Dance Europe as well as in the book “Redheads 2010.”
In an article written by Francia Russell (PNB Founding Artistic Director), Ms. Russell wrote that “In a wide variety of ballets Stacy Lowenberg has shown she is not only a wonderful dancer but one who can be alternately lyrical, witty, coy, seductive, luscious, and dramatic. Stacy’s beauty, personality, and technique complement one another in all her roles and make her an immensely appealing performer. In the studio, Stacy’s intelligence and openness ensure that she continues to improve herself. And onstage and off she is a favorite of ballet fans, donors, and volunteers. Stacy is also a captivating teacher of young children when she has time to teach in PNB’s School.”