After 31 years enchanting Seattle holiday audiences, Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak's Nutcracker will see its final curtain call as part of the 2014-15 Pacific Northwest Ballet season. Starting in 2015, PNB will perform George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker complete with new costumes and sets designed by Ian Falconer (creator of the popular children's book series Olivia). The last incarnation of Stowell and Sendak production will be staged November 28 through December 28. While some might be resistant to the change, we're excited to see Balanchine's choreographic take on the holiday classic.
Beyond the changing of the Nutcracker guard, there's plenty to be excited about regarding the PNB's newly announcement 2014-15 season. Balanchine's trio of Jewels starts off the season, followed by an early Director's Choice program, which includes a world premiere by New York City Ballet's choreographer-dancer Justin Peck and the PNB premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's acclaimed Before After. The lineup also features reimagined classics like Alexei Ratmansky's Don Quixote and Jean-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliette. The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe (boasting two PNB premieres by William Forsythe) and, to close out the season, a performance of Kent Stowell's dramatic Carmina Burana on a bill with Ratmansky's Concerto DSCH.
2014-15 Pacific Northwest Ballet Season:
Sept 26–Oct 5 - George Balanchine's Jewels
Nov 7–16 - Director's Choice
Nov 28–Dec 28 - Stowell and Sendak's Nutcracker
Jan 30–Feb 8, 2015 - Don Quixote (To be confirmed)
Mar 13–22, 2015 - The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe
Apr 10–19, 2015 - Roméo et Juliette
May 29–June 7, 2015 - Carmina Burana