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May 2018

Aida at McCaw Hall

May 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
McCaw Hall,

Verdi’s epic tale of star-crossed lovers. From Seattle Opera: By Giuseppe Verdi A profoundly personal love story told on a grand scale, Aida showcases Verdi's power to translate human emotions into magnificent music. The high-stakes love triangle between a prisoner of war, a conflicted military commander, and a formidable princess unfolds amid glorious spectacle and rousing choruses—including the famous Triumphal March. Director Francesca Zambello's "spectacular" (Opera Warhorses) new-to-Seattle production features choreography by contemporary dance leader Jessica Lang, as well as designs by "art world superstar" (San Francisco Chronicle) RETNA, who cites the structure of Egyptian hieroglyphs as the basis for his striking visuals.

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takePAUSE at Broadway Performance Hall

May 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway
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From takePAUSE: takePAUSE returns to the Broadway Performance Hall in 2018. eXit SPACE boasts the largest Adult Dance Program in Seattle with dancers ranging in age from their teens to 70s and beginner students to professional dancers. Come join us for an entertaining and joyous evening of dance with performances in tap, ballet, hip-hop, modern, and jazz. This year's choreographers include: Jennifer Carroll, Annie deVuono, Bryon Carr, Karen Basket, Noelle Price, Sam Picart, Mary Tisa, Laura Peterson, Amy J Lambert, and Marlo Ariz. Buy Tickets

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Love Never Dies at The Paramount Theatre

May 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St
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From STG Presents: Love Never Dies is Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, though Webber has stated: "I really do not believe that you have to have seen Phantom of the Opera to understand Love Never Dies." It opened with mixed (poor) reviews in the West End in 2010 but was revamped and received acclaim on its Australian tour the next year. Buy Tickets

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December 2018

Okwui Okpokwasili: Poor People’s TV Room

December 6, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
On the Boards, 100 W Roy St
Seattle,WA98119United States
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From On The Boards: Okwui Okpokwasili is an Igbo-Nigerian American artist, performer, choreographer, and writer. Her multidisciplinary performances draw upon her training in theater, and operate at the intersection of theater, dance, and visual installations. Poor People’s TV Room explores two historical incidents: the Women’s War of 1929, a resistance movement against British colonial powers, and the Boko Haram kidnappings of more than 300 girls in 2014, and its connection to the Bring Back Our Girls movement. The performance is concerned with how to recover buried histories, particularly of movements of resistance and collective action in Nigeria, as well as examining gender, culture, and identity. Okpokwasili performs with three women, each from different generations. The result is a narrative by brown women contending with the meaning of their bodies in relation to each other—a potent reflection of the effects the erasure of women’s histories has on contemporary societies today. Buy Tickets

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Acrobatic Conundrum presents “The Fig Tree Waltzes”

December 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave
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From Acrobatic Conundrum: The Fig Tree Waltzes is a moving exploration of indecision, desperation and tenacity in the face of choice. Devised and performed by Acrobatic Conundrum, this work features their signature style of virtuosic athleticism infused with relatable humanity. With all new music from Finnish composer Petteri Rajanti and choreography from Costa Rican superstar Jimmy Ortiz, this updated rendition pushes the artists to the edge. Strong women hang from lofty trapezes and bearded men spin in hoops wearing skirts. A group of acrobats dance, tumble, and tell stories in the language of circus. In shadows cast by stage light, mirrored realities show us the paths not taken. In a world where stakes are high and time is running out, The Fig Tree Waltzes is a paean to the human drive to keep playing against overwhelming odds. Shows run Dec. 2 – Dec. 16, 2018, at 12th Avenue Arts. Save by purchasing your tickets early.

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March 2019

Director’s Choice 2019 Premieres at PNB

March 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
McCaw Hall
Lindsi Dec of PNB

Pacific Northwest Ballet presents its second mixed-bill of the 2018-19 season at McCaw Hall: Director's Choice. Artistic Director Peter Boal has chosen a showcase of works by "dancemakers who are evolving the art form." The three works of the night include new commissions for the company by choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams and Matthew Neenan. Lastly, opening night will see the PNB premiere of In the Countenance of Kings, an ambitious work for 18 dancers by choreographer Justin Peck, set to a score by Sufjan Stevens. Following its 2016 premiere, Janice Berman of San Francisco Classical Voice wrote: "While Peck’s is an original voice, as is Stevens’, it was impossible not to be reminded of collaborations between Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein such as On the Town and West Side Story; the new piece has that urban thrust, coupled with a persistently glorious rhythmic intensity. And likeability." Tickets start at $37. Get ticket pricing by section online. The final performance of Director's Choice 2019 is Sunday, March 24.

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April 2019

PNB’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Backstage Bash Enchanted at Midnight

April 12 - April 21
McCaw Hall

"PNB’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy charms everyone who enters its enchanted realm. Deep in a Northwest-inspired fairy kingdom, a quarrel between the King Oberon and Queen Titania sparks mayhem when mischief-maker Puck mismatches mortal lovers and causes Titania to romance donkey-headed Bottom. All’s well that ends well by Act II, which opens with Mendelssohn’s famous Wedding March and celebrates ideal love with some of Balanchine’s most beautiful choreography. Featuring the PNB Orchestra." ~ Pacific Northwest Ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream runs April 12-21, 2019, but after the show on Friday, April 19, 2019, you can join the well-heeled crowd for the Backstage Bash 2019 Enchanted at Midnight hosted by PNB and PNB Young Patrons Circle. Join PNB dancers and ballet lovers alike at an elegant after-party. Free flowing champagne, complimentary light bites, wine and beer and an onstage dance party. Cocktail attire. Tickets to the party are in addition to your ballet performance tickets and can be purchased here. Featured image courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet.   

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June 2019

PNB’s 2019 Season Encore Performance at McCaw Hall

June 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
McCaw Hall

PNB’s Season Encore Performance is a one-night-only showcase of selections by Artistic Director Peter Boal from the 2018-19 season. This year, it is also a celebration of the careers of PNB’s retiring principal dancers Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta. Foster will perform Alejandro Cerrudo’s haunting Silent Ghost and Porretta will dance the title role of George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son to close the evening. Other performances include Matthew Neenan’s Bacchus, the pas de deux from Rassemblement by Nacho Duato, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux, and excerpts from Balanchine’s Theme & Variations In the press release for the program, Boal is quoted as saying, “This year’s performance will also shine a spotlight on two much-admired principal dancers who have helped to define repertoire from the last two decades at PNB. The list of roles performed by Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta is extensive and brimming with dear memories and extraordinary ovations. Rachel and Jonny have helped to select meaningful works for themselves, but also ballets that showcase all of their peers. It promises to be a night to remember.”

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PNB’s Outside/In 2019 at Seattle Center

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
McCaw Hall,

Last year, Pacific Northwest Ballet's wonderful one-night-only showcase of new choreography, Next Step, got an exciting twist. The program was renamed Outside/In, reflecting a new dual program with free public performances in Seattle Center, followed by the debuts of new works inside McCaw Hall. Personally, Next Step has long been one of my favorite annual events, as it gives budding choreographers within PNB the chance to create and present new works, which are then performed by members of the professional division at the Ballet's school. The added benefit of Outside/In is that it incorporates other members of the dance community as well. The outside performances are presented in partnership with other dance companies, and feature new works from Dammiel Cruz, Christopher D’Ariano, Mark Haim, Eva Stone’s New Voices: Choreography and Process for Young Women in Dance students and Ron Gatsby. Onlookers can nosh from food trucks, get their pics taken in a complimentary photo booth, and grab PNB swag. The performances inside the Brotman Auditorium at McCaw Hall begin at 7:30. This year's debuts come from choreographers Nancy Casciano, Christopher D’Ariano, Steven Loch, Amanda Morgan, Sarah Pasch, and Calista Ruat. $5 TeenTix are available for this event. Other tickets prices vary by…

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