Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Love Stories

August 23, 2011

Ballet

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS

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FEATURING THE PNB PREMIERES OF

George Balanchine’s Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”

Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun

PLUS EXCERPTS FROM

Roméo et JulietteSwan Lake The Sleeping Beauty

 

November 4-13, 2011

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

 

November 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm

November 5 at 2:00 pm

November 10-12 at 7:30 pm

November 13 at 1:00 pm

 

SEATTLE, WA — With LOVE STORIES, Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal has assembled a mixed bill that ponders love’s many moods. The program features the PNB premiere of George Balanchine’s buoyant Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée, created for New York City Ballet’s legendary 1972 Stravinsky Festival.  Another highlight is the addition of Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun to PNB’s repertory. The program also features excerpts from three of ballet’s classic romantic tales: the sensual balcony pas de deux from Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, the fiery Black Swan pas de deux from Kent Stowell’s resplendent Swan Lake, and for a very grand finale, Aurora’s Wedding from Ronald Hynd’s eminently English The Sleeping Beauty

LOVE STORIES runs for seven performances only, November 4 through 13 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, online at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s website, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer St.

The line-up for LOVE STORIES will include:

Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée” – PNB Premiere

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Peter Boal

The PNB premiere of George Balanchine’s Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée” was generously underwritten by Bob Benson.

George Balanchine’s buoyant Divertimento from “Le Baiser de la Fée”, was created for New York City Ballet’s legendary 1972 Stravinsky Festival. Its charismatic choreography contains notable solos for the male and female leads as well as hints of an enigmatic attraction between the pair.

 
Afternoon of a Faun
Music: Claude Debussy
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Staging: Bart Cook
The addition of Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun to PNB’s repertory is made possible by H. David Kaplan.

Jerome Robbins’ reconsideration of Vaslav Nijinsky’s 1912 ballet portrays an innocent exchange between two dance students. Holding their gazes toward the audience as if seeing their reflections in a studio mirror, the couple carefully appraises each movement in their tentative partnership.

Balcony pas de deux from Roméo et Juliette
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Staging: Bernice Coppieters, Giovanna Lorenzoni, Gaby Baars
The 2008 PNB premiere of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette was generously underwritten by Dan & Pam Baty.

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s full-length Roméo et Juliette became an instant favorite of Seattle audiences when it premiered in January, 2008. In the balcony pas de deux, the ecstasy of love “unfolds as a series of chases, of catches, of rapture…as if happily drowning in a pool of sensation” (Seattle Times).


Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Kent Stowell (after Marius Petipa)
Staging: Francia Russell
Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake was made possible by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation.

The fiery Black Swan pas de deux from Kent Stowell’s resplendent Swan Lake is classical ballet’s most famous depiction of seduction and betrayal, as well as a show-stopping technical accomplishment.

Aurora’s Wedding from The Sleeping Beauty
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Ronald Hynd (after Marius Petipa)
Staging: Ronald Hynd, Annette Page, Amanda Eyles

 

For a very grand finale, Aurora’s Wedding from Ronald Hynd’s eminently English The Sleeping Beauty fills the stage with splendor. “In a word, lovely. A lavish production for the eyes and ears, a testament to the company’s depth of skill and talent” (Seattlest).

 


TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets ($28-$168* advance) may be purchased through the PNB 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 – pnb.org (24/7)

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

 

*Money-saving season subscriptions starting at $168 are also currently available.

SPECIAL EVENTS AND DISCOUNT OFFERS

AFTER PETIPA

Thursday, October 20, 5:30 pm

The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle
Many ballets are credited with choreography “after Petipa,” but what does that really mean? PNB Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington and Company dancers look at LOVE STORIES’ famous classical duets—the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake and the Blue Bird pas de deux and Grand pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty—to find how these extraordinary dances have evolved over time. Tickets, $25 each, may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.

LISTEN TO THE BALLET
Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 pm
PNB partners with 98.1 Classical KING FM to bring listeners some of the world’s most popular ballet scores, featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra performing live, direct from McCaw Hall. Tune in to KING FM to listen to the live performance of LOVE STORIES on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 pm. Only on 98.1 FM or online at king.org/listen.

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.

$15 TICKETS FOR AGE 25 & UNDER
All Thursday and Friday performances: November 4, 10 & 11at 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 November 4, 10 & 11 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.

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

FRIDAY PREVIEWS
Friday, October 28, 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 LOVE STORIES. 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 September 6, and 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. (These events usually sell out in advance.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.

BALLET PREVIEW — FREE
Tuesday, November 1, 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 LOVE STORIES, complete with video excerpts that illuminate the ballets being discussed. FREE of charge.

PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL
Thursday, November 3, 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 pnb.org or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street.

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 conversation 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

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3 Responses to “Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Love Stories”

  1. Polly Says:

    I wonder, as with some of the other arts, whether ballet would benefit from more exposure on television. Not the usual minute clips on the Royal Variety but perhaps either a behind the scenes (fly on the wall)view and/or a celebrity reality ‘have-a-go’ slot? I am not always in favour of such programmes but what they do do is open up the arts to the everyday man/woman on the street. I think it may be high time that something in this line was done regarding ballet. The reason behind my probable ‘barmy’ idea is that ballet is not taught in the majority of schools, it is rarely seen on television so a person has to be introduced to it and at the moment very few people have that introductory opportunity.

    As always your interviews are enlightening and wonderful to read.

  2. Debby Pucci Says:

    Thank you for stopping over and visiting with me. My son and his best girl went to the Ballet in LA a few weeks ago and loved it. I can’t remember what they saw.