Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents NEXT STEP

May 29, 2013

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents NEXT STEP

PNB’s Annual Choreographic Showcase of World Premieres

Created by PNB Company Dancers for PNB School’s Professional Division Students

 

Featuring the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

Friday, June 14, 2013
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

7:30 pm

 

SEATTLE, WA — For the past ten years, PNB’s choreographic showcase has been a vehicle for emerging talent, where Company dancers rise as choreographers and PNB School’s Professional Division students take center stage in and all-premiere line up of works created just for them. This annual event has been the starting point for former Company dancer-turned-choreographer Olivier Wevers (Whim W’him) and Kiyon Gaines, among many others. Watch the arrival of the next generation of dance artists when PNB presents NEXT STEP on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 pm. This one-night-only performance continues PNB’s commitment to bringing new works to the McCaw Hall stage, featuring the talented young artists of PNB School in new works created for them by Company dancers Andrew Bartee, Kyle Davis, Eric Hipolito Jr., Jonathan Porretta, Sean Rollofson, Price Suddarth, and Ezra Thompson. “I feel an obligation as an Artistic Director to offer opportunities to up-and-coming choreographers so that they can practice their craft,” says PNB Artistic Director and PNB School Director Peter Boal. “How else do you develop the next Balanchine, the next Twyla Tharp, or Christopher Wheeldon?  Without that opportunity, the art form doesn’t continue to renew itself.”

 

PNB soloist Kiyon Gaines, who has graduated from creating works in NEXT STEP to choreographing for the mainstage, has taken on the title of NEXT STEP Coordinator this year.  “NEXT STEP has been invaluable to my career as a choreographer,” said Mr. Gaines. “I first participated in 2005 and since then have contributed work to the program through 2012.  NEXT STEP has afforded me opportunities to participate in other choreography programs like the Craft of Choreography Conference hosted by RDA (Regional Dance America), and the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute. I have also been invited to create new works at many other organizations around the nation, and have had the honor to create three world premieres for Pacific Northwest Ballet. The skills that I have been developing over that past seven years as a participant of NEXT STEP have been critical to my continuing success as a dance maker. As NEXT STEP Coordinator, I am so happy to be a part of a program that spearheads innovation and creativity within our organization.  New works are essential to the advancement of any organization. Since the focus of our artistic director’s vision is promoting new works it goes without saying that the choreographers’ showcase fits seamlessly within this perspective.  Being able to mentor our next generation of choreographers is an amazing experience and I look forward to many more opportunities as both an adviser and a choreographic participant in NEXT STEP in the years to come.”

 

Select works in NEXT STEP will be accompanied by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor and SYSO Music Director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe. “The Seattle Youth Symphony is committed to enriching our nationally recognized orchestral curriculum with outstanding performance collaborations such as that with the Pacific Northwest Ballet,” said Maestro Radcliffe. “Both Peter Boal and I agree…the bold new works of tomorrow will be increasingly created, interpreted and performed by the young artists of today. For both musicians and dancers, this type of ground-breaking program fosters appreciation and awareness across multiple artistic genres and expands the creative horizons of our students.”

 

NEXT STEP will be presented one night only, 7:30 pm on Friday, June 14 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver  McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. Tickets are a screaming deal at just $10, $15 and $20, with a special $5 ticket available for teens 13-19; order through the PNB Box Office by phone at 206.441.2424, online at pnb.org, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street.

 

The NEXT STEP line-up will include:

 

I don’t know what to call it

Choreography: Andrew Bartee

Music: Fuck Buttons (“Sweet Love for Planet Earth”) and The Album Leaf (“Window”)

 

Andrew Bartee is from Everett, Washington. He studied on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. He was the first recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School and he was a 2007 Princess Grace Award recipient. Mr. Bartee joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009. This is his third contribution to NEXT STEP; his past works are Shatter (2010) and A conversation between us that’s mostly me and a little bit you (2011). He created arms that work (2012) for PNB’s ALL PREMIERE program, and has also created works for The Seattle International Dance Festival, Ballet Tuscon’s ROCS, and Velocity Dance Center’s Fall Kick Off. Mr. Bartee also performs regularly with the contemporary dance ensemble Whim W’Him and with Kate Wallich and The YC.


Fanfare and Waltz from “Sylvia”

Choreography: Kyle Davis

Music: Léo Delibes (“Le Berger”, “Les Chasseresses”, and “Valse Lente” from Sylvia, 1876)

Music performed by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

Kyle Davis is from Green Bay, Wisconsin. He trained at Makaroff School of Ballet and on scholarship at Rock School for Dance Education and North Carolina School of the Arts, and attended summer courses on scholarship at Milwaukee Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He also studied with Ethan Stiefel and Warren Conover. In 2008, Mr. Davis won the Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also won various awards in the Youth American Grand Prix Regional and Finals in 2005 and 2006. He was a 2007–08 recipient of the Elizabeth Harriet Weaver Memorial Scholarship and the Martha and Spencer Love Foundation Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Davis joined PNB as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009. This is his second contribution to NEXT STEP; he made his choreographic debut with Sylvia Pas de Deux (2012).

 

Give Me Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them

Choreography: Eric Hipolito, Jr.

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Quartet in F Major, K. 590, 1790, Allegro Moderato)

 

Eric Hipolito Jr. is from Seattle, Washington. He trained on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, beginning as a DanceChance student in 1998. He attended summer courses at San Francisco Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and was a 2008 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. He was also the first recipient of the Jerome Robbins Scholarship, given by the Jerome Robbins Foundation, in 2007 and a 2008 recipient of a Level II award for ballet from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Mr. Hipolito joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer in 2008, becoming the first Pacific Northwest Ballet School DanceChance student to join the Company. This is his second work for the NEXT STEP showcase.


Beila

Choreographer: Jonathan Porretta

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1006, mvts. 1, 5 & 6)

Music performed by members of Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

Jonathan Porretta is from Totowa, New Jersey. He trained on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1999. He was promoted to corps de ballet in 2000, to soloist in 2002, and to principal in 2005. Mr. Porretta has danced with Dances Patrelle in New York and has performed as a guest artist with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Opera Ballet. This is Mr. Porretta’s sixth contribution to PNB’s choreographic showcase; his past works are Duel (2004), Flawless (2005), Jubilant (2006), Lacrymosa (2008), Courte et Deuce (2009), and Spring Waltz (2010).

 

Marquise

Choreographer: Sean Rollofson

Music: Karl Jenkins (Palladio, 1995)

 

Sean Rollofson is from Redmond, Washington. He studied with Deborah Hadley at Washington Academy of Performing Arts and began attending Pacific Northwest Ballet School at age seven. He attended summer courses at the National Ballet School (Toronto) and on scholarship at the School of American Ballet. Mr. Rollofson joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2008 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2009. This is his third contribution to the NEXT STEP choreographic showcase.

 

The Spaces Between

Choreography: Price Suddarth

Music: Ólafur Arnalds (“Film Credits” and “Fyrsta” from Living Room Songs, 2011)

Music performed by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

Price Suddarth is from Westfield, Indiana. He studied at Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and he attended summer courses on scholarship at PNB School, the Rock School, the School of American Ballet, and Miami City Ballet. Mr. Suddarth joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2010 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2011.  He made his choreographic debut with his first NEXT STEP contribution, All the Reich Moves (2011), and choreographed Time Out (2012) for PNB School’s 31st Annual School Performance.

 

NEW THOMPSON (Title TBA)

Choreography: Ezra Thompson

Music: Gustav Mahler (“Adagietto” from Symphony  No. 5, 1901-1902)

Music performed by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

Ezra Thomson is from San Bernardino, California. He studied on scholarship at Riverside Ballet Arts, Orlando Ballet School, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet School (Canada), the Rock School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Mr. Thomson was a 2009 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. He danced with Orlando Ballet before joining Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2009. He was promoted to corps de ballet in 2010. This is his third contribution to NEXT STEP; his past works are Passages (2011) and The Sole in my Shoe is the One I Love (2012).

 

TICKET & SHOWTIME INFORMATION

NEXT STEP will be presented at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center 7:30 pm on Friday, June 14. Tickets to NEXT STEP are a steal at just $10, $15 and $20, with a special $5 ticket available for teens 13-19.

Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Phone:      206. 441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • In      person: 301 Mercer St. (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • Online (24/7)
  • 90      minutes prior to each performance (subject to availability) at McCaw Hall,      321 Mercer Street.

 

PNB is a proud participant of Teen Tix, the revolutionary arts access program for teenagers. 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 teentix.org.

 

ABOUT PNB SCHOOL
Founded in 1974, Pacific Northwest Ballet School is recognized as one of the top ballet training institutions in the United States. Under the direction of Peter Boal, the School offers a complete, professional curriculum to more than 900 students. The School’s Open Program attracts 600 teens and adults who wish to pursue recreational dance instruction in a supportive and encouraging setting. With two locations—The Phelps Center in Seattle and The Francia Russell Center in Bellevue—the School maintains a faculty of over 20 instructors, each with extensive performing backgrounds, and professional piano accompanists.

PNB School is divided into three divisions that are designed to challenge students with each year of study: Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet students (ages 5-7) are introduced to music, movement and group interaction. The Student Division offers eight levels of instruction. Auditions are required for admission and placement is based on age, strength, and physical development. The School’s Professional Division offers advanced instruction for students planning a professional dance career. This intensive dance instruction includes all aspects of classical ballet technique as well as modern, jazz, and character dance. The Professional Division program is complemented by courses in dance, history, music, choreography, special conditioning, and other related subjects. Students also receive physical and nutritional guidance from the School’s staff and professional consultants.

Students benefit from the close ties with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s professional Company, half of which received training in the School. Professional Division students often perform with the Company, and apprentices are drawn from the Professional Division. In addition to the School Performance, the annual production of Nutcracker gives students of all ages valuable performing experience.

To learn more about Pacific Northwest Ballet School, please visit pnb.org/pnbschool.

 

ABOUT SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS

With a 70-year tradition of excellence and innovation in arts education, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO), under the leadership of Conductor and Music Director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, brings life-changing musical experiences to thousands of families throughout the Puget Sound. SYSO is the largest youth orchestra training program in the America, serving almost 1,700 diverse students each year through four full orchestras, three summer festival programs and a nationally recognized partnership with local public schools. SYSO’s flagship orchestra, the Seattle Youth Symphony, is made up of the finest young musicians in the region, and its annual Benaroya Hall concert season presents professional caliber performances that are infused with the unrivaled energy and passion of youthful artistry. Internationally recognized guest conductors and soloists frequently perform with the orchestra, and its distinguished graduates and alumni can be found in major symphony orchestras in America and abroad.

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Special thanks to the Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, Glenn Kawasaki, and our education supporters: Ameriprise Financial, ArtsWA, Bellevue Arts Commission, Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, Engaging Dance Audiences, a program of Dance/USA, Freed of London, Hearst Foundations, Kelly Foundation of Washington, Lockwood Foundation, D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust, MetLife Foundation, Northwest Danish Association, PEMCO Foundation, Safeco Insurance Foundation, scan|design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun, Union Bank Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, Harold L. Wyman Foundation, KeyBank Foundation, Peg & Rick Young Foundation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, Anonymous, and members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Education Committee.

 

Programming subject to change

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