Pacific Northwest Ballet Joins Roster
Seattle based Pacific Northwest Ballet Joins Selby/Artists Management Roster
Margaret Selby, President of Selby Artists Management, announced today that Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) will join her roster of internationally acclaimed dance companies. Selby said, “I have long admired Peter Boal for the artistic vision he has brought to Pacific Northwest Ballet and for his ability to train dancers to develop their technique and the passion necessary to perform at the highest level. This company deserves to be seen by more audiences who are certain to embrace the diversity of its repertoire and the skill of its exceptional dancers.”
“Pacific Northwest Ballet is excited to work with Selby Artists Management on touring,” says Boal. “Margaret and I have a long-standing relationship, and many of the choreographers she represents have created work for PNB. Because of our diverse and innovative repertoire, our company enjoys a strong national and international reputation, and yet few outside of the Seattle area have seen us perform. With this new partnership, we hope to change that by connecting with new audiences everywhere.”
An important step in expanding Pacific Northwest Ballet’s international exposure has been scheduled for some time. This summer, from June 28 through July 7, the company will appear for the first time at Les Étés de la Danse Festival in Paris. The performances will take place at La Seine Musicale, the iconic performing arts space designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban and his French partner Jean de Gastines. The Festival is heralded for featuring revered dance companies from throughout the world. These performances will allow audiences to see mixed repertory by nine masterful choreographers over two weeks of performances.
PNB’s performance schedule and repertoire at Les Étés de la Danse Festival:
ROBBINS PROGRAM 2
June 28 @ 8PM, June 29 @ 8PM, June 30 @ 2:30PM & 8PM
Opus 19/The Dreamer (Sergei Prokofiev/Jerome Robbins)
*This program also features Miami City Ballet and Perm Opera Ballet Theatre.
PNB PROGRAM #1
July 3 @ 8PM, July 6 @ 8PM, July 7 @ 2:30PM
Tide Harmonic (Joby Talbot/Christopher Wheeldon)
Red Angels (Richard Einhorn/Ulysses Dove)
Little mortal jump (various/Alejandro Cerrudo)
Emergence (Owen Belton/Crystal Pite)
PNB PROGRAM #2
July 4 @ 8PM, July 5 @ 8PM, July 7 @ 8PM
Her Door to the Sky (Benjamin Britten/Jessica Lang)
Slingerland Duet (Gavin Bryars/William Forsythe)
Appassionata (Ludwig van Beethoven/Benjamin Millepied)
Waiting at the Station (Allen Toussaint/Twyla Tharp)
Peter Boal became PNB’s Artistic Director in 2005 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.
Besides being characterized by its mastery of a wide range of repertory, PNB deserves its place among today’s elite ballet companies with 47 dancers, its own orchestra and the PNB School which is regarded as one of the preeminent ballet institutions in the nation, setting the standard for excellence in training. In reviewing the company’s 2016 appearance at New York City Center, Alastair Macaulay pointed to the “brilliant meeting of music and dance” that takes the audience “to the heart of the art” (The New York Times). Macaulay went on to declare that PNB’s orchestra is “the best ballet band in America.” These accolades acknowledging the magnificent relationship between sound and sight are at the very core of what PNB has offered audiences since its inception over 45 years ago, and it is the essential reason why more dance lovers must see this remarkable company perform.