Pacific Northwest Ballet presents BOUNDLESS
On the third anniversary of the March 2020 closure, Pacific Northwest Ballet welcomes back three of its favorite pandemic-era collaborators to return to the McCaw Hall stage, this time with a live audience. Alejandro Cerrudo, Jessica Lang, and Penny Saunders consistently challenge and push the boundaries of dance and theatrical conventions. BOUNDLESS continues PNB’s celebration of its 50th Anniversary Season with Saunders’ theatre-roving Wonderland, and world premieres from Cerrudo and Lang.
The program line-up includes:
Penny Saunders’ Wonderland. Wonderland pays homage to the marvel and magic of live theater – a love letter to the immense power and delight one finds within those walls. This work was originally made for film during the height of the pandemic. Now we happily inhabit this beautiful space again with a renewed sense of gratitude for the shared experience of live performance.
A World Premiere by Alejandro Cerrudo includes the following music: M. Ward (More Rain, “More Rain”), Parra for Cuva (Mood in C, “Mood in A”), Hidden Orchestra (East London Street, “East London Street- Drums Only Version”), Natalia Tsupryk (Mariupol, “Mariupol”), Brambles (Charcoal, “Unsayable”), Ben Crosland (The Turn, “The Hourglass”), Timber Timbre (Timber Timbre, “Demon Host”)
Finally, Jessica Lang’s Let Me Mingle Tears With Thee will have its World Premiere during the program. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, written in 1736 when he was only 26 years old, is one of his most celebrated sacred works and composed in the final weeks of his life. The Stabat Mater is a 13th-century Latin hymn which portrays Mary standing at the foot of the cross mourning the loss of her Son. Over centuries, the text has been a popular subject for many composers including Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Haydn, Schubert, Verdi, Dvořák, and Arvo Pärt. Featuring two voices, Pergolesi’s score is 12 movements, divided in two parts. The first half is in third person, with the text providing a bit of narrative storytelling while the second half is in first person becoming a universal prayer.
BOUNDLESS runs for seven performances, March 17 through 26 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at just $37. The program will also stream digitally from March 30 through April 3. Tickets for the digital access are $35. For tickets and additional information, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at 301 Mercer Street, or online 24/7 at PNB.org.