Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) occupies a prominent place among today’s elite ballet companies. In 2005 Peter Boal became the company’s Artistic Director following his 22-year career with New York City Ballet that included 16 years as a beloved principal dancer.  In joining PNB, Boal continued the tradition of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, the company’s Founding Artistic Directors, who also danced with New York City Ballet.  This shared experience is certainly reflected in PNB’s repertoire that includes numerous Balanchine and Robbins pieces as well as other full-length masterworks of classical ballet.  Equally important, during his nearly 15 years of artistic direction, Boal has also supported contemporary choreographers such as Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, Crystal Pite, Jessica Lang, Justin Peck, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, and Ulysses Dove, all whose work are a defining feature of the company’s repertoire. 

Works we thought we know looked and felt novel, peculiar, arresting. More than that, the basic connection between music, space and dancers acquired a shocking immediacy and fullness" - The New York Times 

 The company glowed with its full, formidable luster, the performers expansive, their clean technique articulate yet relaxed." - The Boston Globe 

You'd think there'd be nothing new in "Swan Lake." But such is the magic of this ballet, and the artistry of the passionate, committed PNB dancers, that it's new, every time." - The Seattle Times