Ariana Lallone, Olivier Wevers, Stanko Milov, Jeffrey Stanton and other PNB stalwarts will depart the company in June.
Several well-loved dancers will leave Pacific Northwest Ballet at the end of this season. Some — including Ariana Lallone — will perform in a one-night-only tribute, titled “Season Encore,” on June 12. Lallone is tentatively scheduled to dance selections from her signature roles in “Lambarena,” “Rubies” and “Petite Mort.”
Other dancers departing Pacific Northwest Ballet:
• Principal dancer Jeffrey Stanton, who’s been with PNB since 1994. A princely partner to a series of PNB ballerinas, he’ll also be remembered for his snappy tap-dancing charm as a hoofer in “Slaughter on 10th Avenue.” He’ll reprise that role in “Season Encore,” along with a favorite Balanchine ballet, “Agon.”
• Principal dancer Olivier Wevers, who now directs his own company Whim W’Him. Originally from Belgium, Wevers joined PNB in 1997 and drew admiration for his elegant classicism. He has performed in ballets by many of the 20th century’s leading choreographers, including Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor and others.
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• Stanko Milov, a principal dancer since 1999, who has not performed with the company since late 2009 because of injuries. Known for his beautiful line and noble bearing, Milov originated roles in works by significant contemporary dance makers, including Twyla Tharp, Benjamin Millepied and Donald Byrd. He now teaches at the PNB School. (Neither Milov nor Wevers are scheduled to perform in “Season Encore.”)
• Soloist Chalnessa Eames and corps de ballet members Barry Kerollis, Stacy Lowenberg and Josh Spell.