A newly designed version of George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker,” Jean-Christophe Maillot’s “Roméo et Juliette” and new ballets by Justin Peck and Alejandro Cerrudo are on the Pacific Northwest Ballet lineup.
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s (PNB) 43rd season has at its centerpiece one of the most anticipated premieres in town: a newly designed version of the holiday classic “Nutcracker,” with 1954 choreography by George Balanchine and sets and costumes by Ian Falconer.
But there’s much more Balanchine in store for the company’s newly announced 2015-16 season, which also includes the return of the legendary choreographer’s full-length “Coppélia” (redesigned for PNB in 2010) and the repertory works “The Prodigal Son” and “Square Dance.”
A number of audience favorites from recent seasons will also return: Twyla Tharp’s soulful “Waiting at the Station” (created for PNB during Tharp’s residency here in 2013); Crystal Pite’s swarming contemporary work “Emergence”; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s passionate “Roméo et Juliette”; Christopher Wheeldon’s shadowy water-ballet “Tide Harmonic.”
New to PNB will be “Year of the Rabbit,” a 2012 ballet from rising New York City Ballet dancer/choreographer Justin Peck, whose “Debonair” made its world premiere here last fall. Also making local premieres are Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Little mortal jump” (his “Memory Glow” premiered at PNB last year) and new-to-PNB choreographer Jessica Lang’s solo work “The Calling.”
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The PNB Orchestra will have many opportunities to shine, with ballets set to Prokofiev (“Roméo et Juliette,” “Prodigal Son”), Chopin (Jerome Robbins’ comic work “The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody”), Stravinsky (Kiyon Gaines’ “Sum Stravinsky”), Bernstein (Robbins’ breezy sailor ballet “Fancy Free”) and Barret Anspach (a world premiere by PNB company member Price Suddarth).
Subscription tickets are currently on sale at pnb.org or 206-441-2424; note that subscriptions do not include “Nutcracker,” but subscribers may purchase individual “Nutcracker” tickets at this time. For nonsubscribers, “Nutcracker” tickets go on sale May 18. Individual tickets for the 2015-2016 season will be available starting July 20.
This story was corrected on March 4, 2015. An earlier version contained an incorrect box-office phone number. Also, due to incorrect information from the source, the composer of the score of Price Suddarth’s new ballet was misstated.
Information in this article, originally published March 4, 2015, was corrected March 4, 2015. A previous version of this story contained an incorrect box-office phone number.