New Balanchine Repertory and World Premieres by Dumais and Goecke in Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2005-06 Season

Classic Arts News   New Balanchine Repertory and World Premieres by Dumais and Goecke in Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2005-06 Season
Pacific Northwest Ballet has announced the details of its 2005-06 season, the company's first with Peter Boal as its artistic director.

Boal replaces Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, who have led the company since 1977 and who retire at the end of the season.

The season opens in September with Symphony in Three Movements and Duo Concertante, both of them collaborations between George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky, and both of them new additions to the company's repertory. Jerome Robbins' In the Night, another company premiere, and William Forsythe's Artifact III are also on the program.

In November, PNB presents Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, Nacho Duato's Jardi Tancat, Stowell's Hail to the Conquering Hero, and a world-premiere work by Marco Goecke.

Stowell's Nutcracker, a very popular version with sets by children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, takes the stage in November and December.

The February program contains four company premieres: Richard Tanner's Ancient Airs and Dances, set to music by Ottorino Respighi; Susan Marshall's Kiss, set to music by Arvo P‹rt; Ulysses Dove's Red Angels, set to a composition in electric violin by Richard Einhorn; and Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, set to some of Sinatra's greatest hits.

A world-premiere work by Dominique Dumais anchors the March program, along with Val Caniparoli's The Bridge and Balanchine's La Valse, staged by Russell.

In April, PNB's younger dancers will perform Ronald Hynd's The Sleeping Beauty, set to Tchaikovsky's score.

The June repertory features Balanchine's three-act Jewels, with music by different composers for each movement. "Emeralds" is set to music by Gabriel Faur_, "Rubies" to Stravinsky, and "Diamonds" to Tchaikovsky.

The company's opening gala on September 17 features a program drawn from the season's offerings: the "Diamonds" pas de deux, Red Angels, Duo Concertante, and Symphony in Three Movements. A dinner and party follow the performance.

Boal will retire from the New York City Ballet, with whom he has performed since 1983, in June, and will move to Seattle. His company Peter Boal and Company performs March 15-20 at the Joyce Theater in New York.

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