The Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2014-2015 Season Includes JEWELS, DON QUIXOTE and More

The Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2014-2015 Season Includes JEWELS, DON QUIXOTE and More

Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced to subscribers the line-up for Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2014-2015 season. Highlights include a program devoted to the work of acclaimed choreographer William Forsythe; the return of popular works by George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky, David Dawson, and Nacho Duato; a world premiere by New York City Ballet's Justin Peck, a PNB premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; and a fond farewell to the Northwest's favorite holiday tradition, Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak's Nutcracker. (PNB will unveil a new production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ with sets and costumes by Ian Falconer in 2015.)

PNB is now accepting season subscription renewals and new subscription orders; New and renewing subscribers may also purchase tickets to the Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker, which goes on sale to the public on May 19. The Box Office opens for 2014-2015 season ticket sales on Monday, July 21. For further information, contact the PNB Box Office by phone at 206.441.2424, online at, or in person at 301 Mercer Street. Discounted subscription rates are available for senior citizens and students with ID. All programming and dates are subject to change. For more information, visit

2014-2015 SEASON LINE-UP (programming subject to change):

First Look Gala

Friday, September 26, 2014

(Not part of PNB's subscription season. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

Celebrate the opening of PNB's 42nd season with a glamorous cocktail party, an elegant backstage dinner, and a dance party onstage after the performance! Edward Villella is scheduled to be PNB's honored guest at our season kick-off gala. For information, visit (Performance tickets sold separately.)

Rep 1 - George Balanchine's JEWELS

September 26 - October 5, 2014

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Elyse Borne

Costume Design: Karinska

Lighting Design: Mark Stanley


Music: Gabriel Fauré


Music: Igor Stravinsky


Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Costumed in emerald green, ruby red, and luminous white, the trio of gems in George Balanchine's Jewels pay tribute to golden ages of music and dance. Evoking the birthplace of Romantic ballet, Emeralds' graceful clouds of tulle whisper French courtesy, fashion, and fragrance. Rubies mirrors the carefree spontaneity of America, Balanchine's beloved adopted country: a sassy, jazzy collaboration with Stravinsky. The splendor of Diamonds recalls the great choreographer's heritage, so that "if the entire Imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence" (Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp).


November 7 - 16, 2014

A Million Kisses to My Skin

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Choreography: David Dawson

Scenic Design: David Dawson

Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima

Lighting Design: Bert Dalhuysen


Music: Toto Bissainthe

Choreography: Nacho Duato

Scenic Design: Walter Nobbe

Costume Design: Nacho Duato

Lighting Design: Nicolas Fischtel

Before After (PNB Premiere)

Music: Marc Van Roon

Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Costume and Lighting Design: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

World Premiere

Music: George Antheil

Choreography: Justin Peck

Premieres pair with stunning repertory works in this absorbing mixed bill. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's (Cylindrical Shadows) critically-acclaimed signature piece, Before After, a PNB premiere, unmasks the turmoil just before a relationship ends. David Dawson's breathtaking, hyper-extended A Million Kisses to my Skin references the intoxicating bliss dancers experience while performing.Rassemblement, Nacho Duato's poignant work set to slave songs by Haitian artist Toto Bissainthe, voices communal yearning and resistance in a climate of oppression. The program also features a world premiere by New York City Ballet's rising dancer-choreographer Justin Peck, praised for creation that "seems to come easily, naturally, from a quick and brimming intelligence" (New York Observer).

Stowell & Sendak NUTCRACKER

November 28 - December 28, 2014

(Not part of PNB's subscription season. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Kent Stowell

Scenic & Costume Design: Maurice Sendak

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Created by Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and famed author and illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), PNB's one-of-a-kind Nutcracker has been dazzling Northwest audiences for 31 years. Join us for the final season of our beloved Nutcrackerbefore it goes into the PNB vault. PNB subscribers will get first dibs at ordering tickets for the 2014 performances of the Stowell/SendakNutcracker before tickets go on sale to the public on May 19. In 2015, PNB will unveil a new production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, featuring sets and costumes by children's author and theatre designer Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig).

Rep 3 - DON QUIXOTE (to be confirmed)

January 30 - February 8, 2015

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky

with additional choreography and staging by Alexei Ratmansky

Scenic and Costume Design: Jerome Kaplan

Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls

Alexei Ratmansky's genius for revitalizing classic ballets is the talk of the dance world. America had its first look at his staging of Don Quixote when PNB premiered it to great acclaim in 2012. Vast in every sense-from Jérôme Kaplan's colossal sun-bleached sets and vibrant costumes to the expansive sweep of the choreography-Don Q is informed by Ratmansky's technical fluency punctuated by carefree humor. A perfectly crafted story ballet, the plot follows its visionary hero to the city of Barcelona, where he becomes entangled in the affairs of spirited young lovers. Bravura dancing, captivating character players, and stunning stagecraft combine with Ludwig Minkus' rousing score to deliver a tremendous theater experience to audiences of all ages.

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