PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS Director’s Choice

March 16, 2013

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS Director’s Choice

                       

 

Featuring two works by GEORGE BALANCHINE

 

And a world premiere by CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

 

May 31-June 9, 2013

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

 

7:30 pm on May 31, June 1, 6, 7 and 8

Matinees on June 1 at 2:00 pm, and June 9 at 1:00 pm

 

SEATTLE, WA — PNB’s 40th Anniversary Season comes to a close with a tribute to George Balanchine, whose works have been vital to the Company’s history. This triple-bill also features a world premiere from Christopher Wheeldon, frequently cited as today’s best contemporary ballet choreographer and often compared to “Mr. B” for his prolific versatility and capacity to update tradition. Agon returns, expertly staged by Francia Russell (an original New York City Ballet cast member) and as startlingly avant-garde as its 1957 premiere. The program’s dazzling grand finale is Diamonds, the crowning gemstone of Balanchine’s three-part Jewels, added to PNB’s repertory by Artistic Director Peter Boal in 2006.

 

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE runs for seven performances only, May 31-June 9 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, online at pnb.org, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street.

 

DIRECTOR’S CHOICE is made possible by presenting sponsor The Boeing Company, as well as major sponsor The National Endowment for the Arts and season-long sponsor 4Culture. Media sponsors are The Seattle Times and KOMO 4. PNB’s 2012-2013 40th Anniversary Season is proudly sponsored by Microsoft Corporation and ArtsFund.

 

The line-up for DIRECTOR’S CHOICE will include:


WORLD PREMIERE

Music: Joby Talbot

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Costume Design: Holly Hynes

 

AGON

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Francia Russell

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

 

DIAMONDS

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Elyse Borne

Costume Design: Karinska

Lighting Design: Mark Stanley

 

TICKET INFORMATION

 

Tickets to DIRECTOR’S CHOICE ($28-$173) and special events are available 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: (24 hours a day, seven days a week)

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

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

FRIDAY PREVIEWS
Friday, May 17, 2013, 6:00 pm

The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle
Join PNB for an hour-long dance preview led by Artistic Director Peter Boal and featuring PNB dancers rehearsing excerpts from DIRECTOR’S CHOICE. 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 March 25 and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office. (This event will sell out in advance.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.

 

BALLET PREVIEW — FREE
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:00 pm 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 DIRECTOR’S CHOICE, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.

 

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON ON STAGE
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 6:30 pm

McCaw Hall

Renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon returns to Seattle to create his first original work for PNB.  Don’t miss this onstage presentation featuring Mr. Wheeldon with PNB Company dancers. Tickets ($20) are available through the PNB Box Office.

 

PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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, $12 for the lecture or $30 for the lecture and dress rehearsal, may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.

 

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 Q&A with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers immediately following each performance. In the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall. FREE for ticketholders.

 

DISCOUNT OFFERS

 

$15 TICKETS FOR AGE 25 & UNDER

All Thursday and Friday performances: May 31, June 6 and 7 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 May 31, June 6 and 7 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. Teen Tix members 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 seattlecenter.com/teentix.

 

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.

 

STUDENT AND SENIOR RUSH TICKETS

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

Schedule and programming subject to change.

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