PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS TRICOLORE
Season-Opening Salute to France and Paris Opera Ballet
Featuring Works by Benjamin Millepied and George Balanchine
September 23 – October 2, 2016
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center
Seattle, WA 98109
September 23 at 6:30 pm
September 24 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm
September 29 – October 1 at 7:30 pm
October 2 at 1:00 pm
SEATTLE, WA – Pacific Northwest Ballet raises the curtain for its 44th season with TRICOLORE, a balletic ode to all things French. The program opens with the company’s chic3 Movements, commissioned by PNB in 2008 and choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, artistic director of LA Dance Project and former artistic director of Paris Opera Ballet. (In 2010, Mr. Millepied choreographed the Oscar-nominated Black Swan.) A big fan of PNB, Millepied has returned to set his Appassionata on the company. The program closes with George Balanchine’s masterpiece, Symphony in C, originally created in 1947 for the Paris Opera Ballet. TRICOLORE is a fine French feast: aperitif, entrée, and elegant dessert. Bon appétit!
TRICOLORE runs for seven performances only, September 23 through October 2 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $30. For more information, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at 301 Mercer Street, or online.
The line-up for TRICOLORE will include:
Music: Steve Reich (Three Movements for Orchestra, 1986)
Choreography: Benjamin Millepied
Scenic Design: Benjamin Millepied
Costume Design: Isabella Boylston, assisted by Larae Theige Hascall
Lighting Design: Brad Fields
Running Time: 16 minutes
Premiere: November 6, 2008, Pacific Northwest Ballet
Choreographed in 2008, 3 Movements is Benjamin Millepied’s first work for Pacific Northwest Ballet. The dance features a large ensemble performing to Steve Reich’s massive and driving Three Movements for Orchestra.
Appassionata (PNB Premiere)
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven (Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, c. 1804-1806)
Choreography: Benjamin Millepied
Staging: Sebastien Marcovici and Janie Taylor
Scenic and Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
Costume Design: Alessandro Sartori
Lighting Supervision: Emma Jones
Running Time: 32 minutes
Premiere: February 5, 2016, Paris Opera Ballet (originally titled La nuit s’achève. Renamed Appassionata for PNB premiere.)
Benjamin Millepied’s Appassionata was choreographed for Paris Opera Ballet and premiered in February 2016 with the title La nuit s’achève (“The night ends”). For Pacific Northwest Ballet’s staging, Millepied has renamed the ballet in reference to Beethoven’s iconic, late-classical piano sonata to which the dance for three couples is set. Sonata No. 23 in F minor is one of three celebrated sonatas from Beethoven’s middle period. The music is some of his most technically challenging and the mood is tempestuous; the sonata was composed just after he came to terms with his inevitable hearing loss in 1803. The title “Appassionata” (meaning “passionate” in Italian) was not given to the work during Beethoven’s lifetime, but rather was a label added by the publisher of a four-hand arrangement in 1838. Appassionata is the second work by Benjamin Millepied to enter Pacific Northwest Ballet’s repertory. [Notes by Doug Fullington.]
Symphony in C
Music: Georges Bizet (Symphony No. 1 in C Major, 1855)
Choreography: George Balanchine © The School of American Ballet
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Running Time: 36 minutes
Premiere: July 28, 1947, Paris Opera Ballet (originally titled Le Palais de Cristal); March 22, 1948, New York City Ballet (renamed Symphony in C)
PNB Premiere: March 25, 1987
Bizet composed his Symphony in C Major when he was a 17-year-old pupil of Charles Gounod at the Paris Conservatory. The manuscript was lost for decades and was published only after it was discovered in the Conservatory’s library in 1933. Balanchine first learned of the long-vanished score from Stravinsky. In only two weeks, he choreographed the work as Le Palais de Cristal for the Paris Opera Ballet, where he was serving as a guest ballet master in 1947. Each movement of that original production featured the name of a precious stone, with costumes colored to match, a conceit to which Balanchine would return in 1967 with Jewels. The first movement was Emerald, the second Black Diamond, the third Ruby, and the fourth Pearl. When Balanchine revived the work the following year for the first performance of New York City Ballet, he simplified the scenery and costumes and changed the title to Symphony in C.
Following the structure of the symphony, the ballet is in four movements, each featuring a different ballerina, cavalier, and corps de ballet. The first movement is formal and regal. The second movement features one of Balanchine’s greatest pas de deux, and its ballerina role is considered one of the most privileged in all the Balanchine repertory. The third and fourth movements feature bravura allegro dancing. The entire cast of 48 dancers gathers for the impressive finale. [Notes by Doug Fullington.]
TICKET INFORMATION & DISCOUNT OFFERS
Tickets ($30-$187) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:
- Phone – 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 10am–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 show times at McCaw Hall.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For group tickets, please call Group Sales Manager Julie Jamieson at 206.441.2416, email JulieJ@PNB.org or use PNB’s online contact form at PNB.org/Season/GroupTickets.
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STUDENT AND SENIOR RUSH TICKETS
Subject to availability, half-price rush tickets for students and senior citizens (65+) may be purchased in-person with ID, from 90 minutes prior to show time at the McCaw Hall box office.
Friday, September 16, 5:00 pm
The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer St., Seattle
PNB’s popular Friday Previews are hour-long studio rehearsals hosted by Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB artistic staff, featuring Company dancers rehearsing excerpts from upcoming ballets. Tickets are $15. (Note: These events usually sell out in advance.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.
BENJAMIN MILLEPIED LIVE-STREAM
Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 pm PST
Join Pacific Northwest Ballet online for an on-stage rehearsal with Benjamin Millepied, live from Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. Mr. Millepied will be rehearsing excerpts from 3 Movements (created for PNB in 2008) and Appassionata (created for Paris Opera Ballet in 2016) with the Company. Visit PNB.org/live for more information.
LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL
Thursday, September 22
Lecture 6:00 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Dress Rehearsal 7:00 pm, McCaw Hall
Join Artistic Director Peter Boal in conversation with choreographer Benjamin Millepied during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. Attend the lecture only or stay for the rehearsal. Tickets are $15 for the lecture, or $30 for the lecture and dress rehearsal. Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.
FIRST LOOK GALA
Friday, September 23, 2016
Celebrate the opening night of PNB’s 44th season with an elegant cocktail reception, a black-tie backstage dinner post-show, followed by dessert and dancing onstage! Featuring special guest of honor Benjamin Millepied (artistic director of LA Dance Project and former artistic director of Paris Opera Ballet). FIRST LOOK tickets start at $400 (performance tickets sold separately) and are available through PNB Special Events, 206.441.2429 or Events@PNB.org.
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Join Audience Education 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 Q&A with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers, immediately following each performance. FREE for ticketholders. (No Q&A on Fri., 9/23.)
YOUNG PATRONS CIRCLE NIGHT
Friday, September 30 Join members of PNB’s Young Patrons Circle (YPC) in an exclusive lounge for complimentary wine and coffee before the show and at intermission. YPC is PNB’s social and educational group for ballet patrons ages 21 through 39. For more info, visit PNB.org and search for “YPC.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Benjamin Millepied (born 1977) is a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, and rising filmmaker. His ballets are in the repertory of major dance companies around the world, including New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Mariinsky Ballet, Ballet de Geneve, Lyon Opera Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, among others. His collaborators include composers and artists such as Nico Muhly, David Lang, Christopher Wool, Barbara Kruger, Paul Cox, Rodarte, Theirry Escaich, and Santiago Calatrava. In 2010, Millepied choreographed and starred in the award-winning film Black Swan. During the same year that he co-founded The Amoveo Company, 2012, he also founded the Los Angeles Dance Project. Since then, he has directed a number of short films in collaboration with various artists, including Mark Bradford, Philip Glass, IO Echo, Lil Buck, Zeds Dead, Forest Swords, and others. In January 2013, the Paris Opera Ballet announced Millepied’s appointment as its new director. In February 2016, he resigned from his position to embark on new projects.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, George Balanchine (1904-1983) is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet. He came to the United States in late 1933, at the age of 29, accepting the invitation of the young American arts patron Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996), whose great passions included the dream of creating a ballet company in America. At Balanchine’s behest, the School of American Ballet was founded in 1934, the first product of the Balanchine-Kirstein collaboration. Several ballet companies directed by the two were created and dissolved in the years that followed, while Balanchine found other outlets for his choreography. Eventually, with a performance on October 11, 1948, the New York City Ballet was born. Balanchine served as its ballet master and principal choreographer from 1948 until his death in 1983. His final ballet, a new version of Stravinsky’s Variations for Orchestra , was created in 1982. He also choreographed for films, operas, revues, and musicals. Among his best-known dances for the stage is Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, originally created for Broadway’s On Your Toes (1936). A major artistic figure of the twentieth century, Balanchine revolutionized the look of classical ballet. Taking classicism as his base, he heightened, quickened, expanded, streamlined, and even inverted the fundamentals of the 400-year-old language of academic dance. This had an inestimable influence on the growth of dance in America. Although at first his style seemed particularly suited to the energy and speed of American dancers, especially those he trained, his ballets are now performed by all the major classical ballet companies throughout the world. [Copyright © 2002 The George Balanchine Foundation. Reprinted by permission.]
TRICOLORE is made possible by presenting sponsors Jeffrey & Susan Brotman. Media sponsor is KUOW 94.9 fm. The 2008 world premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s 3 Movements was commissioned in part by The Joyce Theater’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work and Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Cremin. The 2016 PNB premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s Appassionata is generously underwritten by Jeffrey & Susan Brotman. The works of George Balanchine performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet, including Symphony in C, are made possible in part by The Louise Nadeau Endowed Fund. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2016-2017 season is proudly sponsored by ArtsFund and Microsoft. Special thanks also to season partners 4Culture, The Hearst Foundations, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Shubert Foundation, and The Wallace Foundation.
Schedule and programming subject to change.