Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces 2006-07 Season, Boal's Second

Classic Arts News   Pacific Northwest Ballet Announces 2006-07 Season, Boal's Second
Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2006-07 season, the second under the direction of former New York City ballet dancer Peter Boal, will include former artistic director Kent Stowell's Swan Lake, Stowell's Nutcracker, and mixed-repertoire programs including works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, and Molisa Fenley.

The Seattle company's season opens September 16 with a gala performance featuring highlights from the season; a program of works by Balanchine, Robbins, and William Forsythe, including the PNB premiere of Robbins' Fancy Free, follows in late September and early October. Another mixed program in November includes a world premiere by hip-hop dancer-turned-choreographer Victor Quijada, as well as PNB premieres by Ulysses Dove, Peter Martins, and Twyla Tharp.

Stowell's 1983 version of The Nutcracker, a collaboration with writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, returns November 24-December 28. In February, PNB revives Stowell's Swan Lake, which was created in 2003 for the company's debut at McCaw Hall; sets and costumes are by Ming Cho and Paul Tazewell, respectively.

A mixed-repertoire program in March 2007 includes Wheeldon's Polyphonia—the company's first-ever performance of a work by the star choreographer—and works by Nachu Duato and Balanchine.

In April, the company presents a three week festival devoted to choreographers with connections to the Pacific Northwest. The schedule includes the company's first performance of a dance by Seattle native Mark Morris (Pacific), Stowell's Carmina Burana, and works by Robert Joffrey, Merce Cunningham, and Val Caniparoli, all of whom were born in Washington.

The season concludes in May and June with a program of dances set to Stravinsky in honor of the 125th anniversary of the composer's birth. Included are Robbins' Circus Polka, Balanchine's Rubies and Symphony in Three Movements, and Fenley's State of Darkness, set to The Rite of Spring.

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