Though the weather may lead you to think otherwise, winter (and all its festivities) are quickly approaching. Join the Pacific Northwest Ballet from November 27 to December 28 in celebrating the time honored-tradition of The Nutcracker. This year’s version will take George Balanchine‘s classic in a new direction, with eye popping sets and costumes designed by the author and illustrator of Olivia the Pig, Ian Falconer.
PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal states, “As a ten-year-old boy, I stepped onto the stage for the first time as a member of the cast of George Balanchine’s Nutcracker. The magic of this production was evident from that moment on, and now to have the opportunity to bring it to Seattle audiences wrapped in the brilliance of Ian Falconer’s designs is a dream come true.”
Read the full press release below for info on special events.
Press release courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Ballet:
PNB’s new production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ premieres at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall for 37 performances November 27 through December 28, 2015. Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at PNB.org, or in person at 301 Mercer St. No other ticket outlets are authorized to sell tickets for PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.
With his work on George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, designer Ian Falconer becomes PNB’s second Artist-in-Residence (following Twyla Tharp). Mr. Falconer will be spending approximately 12 weeks in Seattle over the course of the year, working with PNB costumers, scenic artists, dancers and stagers, to bring this new production to life. At the end of the 2015/2016 season, the PNB School will present two performances of Christopher Wheeldon’s Scènes de Ballet, featuring scenic design by Mr. Falconer. “Ian’s blend of wit, wonder and ingenuity fills the stage and delights the viewer,” said Mr. Boal. “How lucky we are to have him as PNB’s second Artist-in-Residence.”
In anticipation of its premiere, PNB is presenting a series of three special events over the next three months, to introduce audiences to the production. Curated by Audience Education Manager Doug Fullington, Exploring George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ will give audiences a sneak-peek before the curtain goes up in November.
Exploring George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ (Three-part series)
Get an inside look at PNB’s new production before the curtain goes up! PNB’s three-part series will introduce audiences to the magical production that made The Nutcracker America’s favorite holiday tradition. All events are 90 minutes. Tickets ($40 per session or $100 for the series) are available through the PNB Box Office. 206.441.2424
Introducing George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 PM at Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Learn all about George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ during this panel discussion with Artistic Director Peter Boal, stager Judith Fugate, and designer Ian Falconer as they share their lifelong experiences with this treasured staging and reveal secrets about PNB’s new production.
Learning The Nutcracker with Ryan Cardea and Peter Boal
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 PM at The Phelps Center (301 Mercer Street)
Join in the fun and learn how to be royal alongside PNB Company dancer Ryan Cardea and PNB School students as Peter Boal teaches you the famous Little Prince pantomime from the second act of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.
Dancing The Nutcracker
Tuesday, November 17, 5:30 PM at McCaw Hall
Watch PNB Company dancers rehearsing excerpts from The Nutcracker while learning about the close ties Balanchine’s production shares with the 1892 St. Petersburg original. With Carrie Imler, James Moore, Noelani Pantastico, Kyle Davis, and Angelica Generosa.
Listen to the Ballet
Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 PM
PNB partners with 98.1 Classical KING FM to bring listeners some of history’s most popular ballet scores, featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra direct from McCaw Hall. Tune in for a live broadcast of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ on KING FM, 98.1 fm or online at king.org/listen.
Nutcracker Suites at McCaw
Skip the lines and bustle of the lobby at intermission! Treat you and yours to an enchanted intermission experience in the SAVOR…McCaw Hall Nutcracker Suite. The Nutcracker Suite takes the stress out of intermission and adds to the memorable wonder of your day at the ballet. There’s a range of activities awaiting you: a self-service candy station, hot cider and cocoa with marshmallows and toppings, swords and crowns for snap-your-own pictures, a light appetizer buffet by Executive Chef Shawn Applin, and coffee, Prosecco, wine and beer for adults. Nutcracker Suites are $30 per person (includes applicable tax and service charge); performance tickets sold separately. To purchase, visit “Reservations” at savorsmgmccawhall.com or call 866.973.9610.
Saturday, December 5 following the 2 PM matinee performance
Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the holiday magic: You and your little ones will join friends from the Land of the Sweets in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ for an exclusive reception after the show. Enjoy a buffet of kid-friendly snacks and sweets, while collecting autographs from the Sugarplum Fairy, Arabian Coffee, Spanish Hot Chocolate and all your favorite characters, on your very own keepsake poster. Tickets ($45/child and $65/adult) are available through the PNB Box Office, 206.441.2424 or PNB.org.