February 17, 2012

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March 16-24, 2012

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109


March 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm

March 18 at 1:00 pm

March 22-24 at 7:30 pm

March 24 at 2:00 pm

SEATTLE, WA — Pacific Northwest Ballet’s NEW WORKS, an all-premiere line-up, offers an introduction to a pair of hot-ticket European choreographers and a second commission from dance-fusion pioneer Victor Quijada (Suspension of Disbelief). British choreographer David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin is his tribute to the complete bliss a dancer sometimes experiences in their work, a feeling “just like that—a million simultaneous kisses to your skin.”  Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s poignant Cylindrical Shadows extends the scope of an earlier piece she created in homage to the unexpected death of a close friend, a reflection on emotions linked to instantaneous loss.  Victor Quijada, founder of RUBBERBANDance Group, combines his street-dancing roots with modern dance, classic and contemporary ballet, and “a combination of many influences, including capoeira, yoga, martial arts, and even theatrical improv” to forge an original work that promises a living demonstration of his essential goal, “to make a new dance language, one that can tell new stories.”


NEW WORKS runs for seven performances only, March 16 through 24 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets (starting at $28) may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, online at, or in person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. Pacific Northwest Ballet thanks NEW WORKS presenting sponsor The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.


For NEW WORKS program notes, visit Pacific Northwest Ballet’s website.


A Million Kisses to my Skin – PNB Premiere

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Choreography: David Dawson

Staging: Tim Couchman

Scenic Design: David Dawson

Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima

Lighting Design: Bert Dalhuysen

Premiere: June 15, 2000; Dutch National Ballet


The PNB premiere of David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin is generously underwritten by Jeffrey & Susan Brotman.

One of the most respected names amongst the younger generation of dance-makers working in the classical ballet idiom today, David Dawson was born in London and trained at the Rona Hart School of Dance, Arts Educational School, and the Royal Ballet School, winning the Prix de Lausanne competition in the year of his graduation. Mr. Dawson went on to dance with Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, and Ballett Frankfurt, performing lead roles in classical, neo-classical, and modern repertory, particularly the works of George Balanchine and William Forsythe.


Mr. Dawson served as resident choreographer for Dutch National Ballet and Dresden Semperoper Ballet from 2004 to 2009, and since 2010 he has been choreographer-in-residence with Royal Ballet of Flanders. He has created works for companies world-wide, including a full-length Giselle, dancingmadlybackwards, The Third Light, Faun(e), The World According to Us, On the Nature of Daylight, A Sweet Spell of Oblivion, The Disappeared, The Gentle Chapters, Reverence, Morning Ground, 00:00, The Grey Area, and A Million Kisses to my Skin. Mr. Dawson’s most recent work, timelapse/(Mnemosyne), was premiered by Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam during the Holland Festival in 2011. He is currently working on day4, which has its world premiere February 15, 2012, as part of Dutch National Ballet’s 50th anniversary celebration. Mr. Dawson’s awards for choreography include the Prix Benois de la Danse Award (2002), the Choo San Goh Award (2004), and Russia’s highest theater prize, the Golden Mask Award (2005).


Cylindrical Shadows – PNB Premiere
Music: David van Bouwel, Jivka Kaltcheva, Alessandro Marcello, Henry Purcell
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Staging: Olivier Wevers

Costume Design: Christine Joly de Lotbiniere

Lighting Design: Michael Mazzola
Original Production Premiere: January 14, 2011; Whim W’Him


The PNB premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows is generously underwritten by Marcella McCaffray; the work is a co-creation between Whim W’Him and Pacific Northwest Ballet.


Half-Colombian and half-Belgian, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa completed her dance training at Royal Ballet Academy in Antwerp, Belgium.  She appeared with a number of German companies before eventually joining Djazzex, a contemporary dance company, in 1993. In 1997, she joined Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, where she was a soloist for seven years. Ms. Ochoa has choreographed works for companies such as Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gran Canaria Ballet, Gothenburg Ballet, Modern Dance Theater Ankara, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Ballet National de Marseille, Saarbrucken Ballet, Jacoby & Pronk, Chemnitzer Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Whim W’Him, IncolBallet de Colombia, Finnish National Ballet and Compania Nacional de Danza. She has also created work for theater, opera, and Dutch fashion designer Viktor & Rolf.

In 2001, Ms. Ochoa won the Hannover Choreography Competition for her work Clair/Obscur; that same year, she also won first prize at the Bornem International Competition for Replay. Ms. Ochoa participated in the 2007 New York Choreographic Institute, and in 2009 her pieces Zip Zap Zoom and Nube Blanco were included in the lists of 10 best dance highlights of the year in San Diego and Chicago. Currently, Ms. Ochoa is working on her first full-length ballet, A Streetcar Named Desire to be premiered by the Scottish Ballet in April at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

– World Premiere
Music: Jasper Gahunia
Choreography: Victor Quijada

Staging: Anne Plamondon

Costume Design: Mark Zappone

Lighting Design: Yan Lee Chan


Victor Quijada’s World Premiere is generously underwritten in part by Carl & Renee Behnke, Aya Stark Hamilton and Deidra Wager.

Victor Quijada has been deeply influenced by hip hop culture since childhood. He is a graduate of L.A. County High School for the Arts and a protégé of postmodern pioneer Rudy Perez. Mr. Quijada performed with Twyla Tharp, and Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, and was a demi-soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. In 2002 Mr. Quijada formed RUBBERBANDance Group, molding the diverse artistic influences of classical, contemporary, and urban aesthetics into a signature choreographic style. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Quijada served as Artist-in-Residence at Cinquième Salle / Place des Arts de Montreal. A 2010 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship award-winner, Mr. Quijada’s other awards include the 2009 OQAJ/RIDEAU Prize, the Bonnie Bird North American Award and the Peter Darrell Choreography Award (UK). His Self-Observation Without Judgment for Scottish Dance Theatre won the 2004 National Dance Award for Best Modern Repertory.


Mr. Quijada has created work for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Met, Jeune Ballet du Québec, Peter Boal & Company, Transitions Dance Company, and Chamber Dance Project. He is a Choreography Media Honors Awardee for the sequence he staged in the K-OS music video “Man I Used to Be” (2005 Much Music Video Award for Best Rap Video) and has directed two short films of his own. He has also collaborated with directors Micah Meisner and René-Pierre Bélanger.


Jasper Gahunia is a professional DJ with training in classical music and experience in competitive turntablism. His avant-garde compositions are a hybrid of musical styles that he performs live as well as in the studio. Mr. Gahunia composed the musical scores for RUBBERBANDance Group’s AV Input/Output and Punto Ciego. He has collaborated with the Canadian Opera Company and the Royal Conservatory of Music and has also worked closely with numerous critically acclaimed recording artists.



Tickets ($28-$168 advance) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Phone – 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri.      9am-6pm; Sat. 10am-5pm)
  • In Person – 301 Mercer Street,      Seatte (Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. 10am-5pm)
  • Online – (24/7)

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



All Thursday and Friday performances: March 16, 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm
One ticket for $15 or 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 March 16, 22, & 23 performances only. Offer is subject to availability and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid I.D. upon ticket retrieval.

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

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

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.

Friday, March 9, 6:00 pm
The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle
Join us for an hour-long preview led by Artistic Director Peter Boal and featuring PNB dancers rehearsing excerpts from NEW WORKS. PNB’s Friday Previews offer an upbeat and up-close view of the Company preparing to put dance on stage. Tickets, $10 each, may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at, 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.

Tuesday, March 13, 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 NEW WORKS, complete with video excerpts that illuminate the ballets being discussed. FREE of charge.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Lecture 6:00 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Dress Rehearsal 7:00 pm, McCaw Hall
Join PNB artistic staff and special guests 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 or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street.

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.

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Skip the post-show traffic and enjoy a conversation with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers, immediately following each performance. FREE for ticketholders.


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NEW WORKS is made possible by presenting sponsor The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and major sponsor the National Endowment for the Arts. PNB’s 2011-2012 Season is proudly sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. Additional season support is provided by Artsfund, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture – King County Lodging Tax.


Schedule and programming subject to change.

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