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Pacific Northwest Ballet to Bring Balanchine and ROMEO ET JULIETTE to New York City Center, 2/13-16

Related: Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Center, Balanchine, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Roméo et Juliet

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New York City Center will present Pacific Northwest Ballet in its first full-company performance in NYC since 1996, February 13-16, 2013. PNB, celebrating its 40th Anniversary season, will present two programs featuring a mixed repertoire of Balanchine ballets and Jean-Christophe Maillot's full-length Roméo et Juliette. The troupe will be accompanied by the PNB Orchestra, led by Music Director and Principal Conductor Emil de Cou.

Balanchine Mixed Bill
Wednesday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The works of George Balanchine are central to the history of Pacific Northwest Ballet, which has 38 of his ballets in its repertory. The three works selected for City Center span the first 30 years of Balanchine's choreography: Concerto Barocco (1941) and Agon (1957) staged by Francia Russell, and Apollo (1928) staged by PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal.

Ms. Russell worked closely with Balanchine as a dancer in numerous works, including Concerto Barocco and Agon, the latter in which she was a member of the original corps de ballet and later performed in the First Pas de Trois, re-choreographed for her by Balanchine. Ms. Russell's staging of Agon is unique in that it predates later changes Balanchine made to the ballet. She also worked as a ballet master for Balanchine. Mr. Boal first performed Apollo with New York City Ballet in 1989 and later danced it for his retirement performance in 2005.

Concerto Barocco
Choreography: George Balanchine © New York City Ballet
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (Double Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043)
Staging: Francia Russell
Conductor: Allan Dameron

Laura Gilbreath
Lindsi Dec
Karel Cruz

Chelsea Adomaitis, Jessika Anspach, Amanda Clark, Emma Love, Elle Macy, Margaret Mullin, Elizabeth Murphy, Leah O'Connor

Apollo
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.
Music: Igor Stravinsky (Apollon Musagète, 1927-1928)
Staging: Peter Boal
Conductor Emil de Cou

Apollo - Seth Orza
Terpsichore - Carla Körbes
Calliope - Maria Chapman
Polyhymnia - Lesley Rausch

Agon
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.
Music: Igor Stravinsky (1953-1956)
Staging: Francia Russell
Conductor Emil de Cou

Lesley Rausch - Batkhurel Bold
Kylee Kitchens - Elizabeth Murphy - Jonathan Porretta
Andrew Bartee - Maria Chapman - Jerome Tisserand
Chelsea Adomaitis - Jessika Anspach - Emma Love - Leah O'Connor

Roméo et Juliette
Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 16 at 2 & 8 p.m.

Roméo et Juliette (1996) Pacific Northwest Ballet was the first American ballet company to perform choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot's contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare's great love story. In an unconventional version of the classic tragedy, Maillot (artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo) has taken inspiration from Prokofiev's classic score, structuring the action in a manner akin to cinematic narrative.

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