Pacific Northwest Ballet Plans Tribute to Kent Stowell and Francia Russell | Playbill

Classic Arts News Pacific Northwest Ballet Plans Tribute to Kent Stowell and Francia Russell
Pacific Northwest Ballet will host a tribute to Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, the company's retiring artistic directors, on June 12.
Stowell and Russell have been at PNB for 28 years. This fall, former New York City Ballet dancer Peter Boal will take up the post of artistic director.

The evening's program will feature the performance of works significant to the pair's career as well as new works created for the occasion. Stowell and Russell's son Christopher Stowell, artistic director of Oregon Ballet Theatre, is acting as artistic advisor for the program.

Friends and colleagues will also offer tributes to the pair, and the evening will conclude with a champagne reception.

Christopher Stowell said in a statement, "Ballet has a long tradition of one generation passing its legacy on to another, and it is important to Kent and Francia that they leave PNB in a place where it can continue to grow and prosper. In this spirit, we have created a tribute which celebrates Kent and Francia's magnificent careers at PNB, their countless contributions to our art form, and their indelible imprint on Seattle's cultural landscape."

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