Pacific Northwest Ballet reveals next Season

George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin ConcertoIn February, Seattle’s premier ballet ensemble Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) announced its 44th season. It will feature six company premieres, including Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Cendrillon, George Balanchine’s La Source, Jerome Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer, Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and works by Benjamin Millepied and David Dawson. It will also present a world premiere from Jessica Lang.


Other highlights include the return of audience favorites such as Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land and Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.


The line-up also includes additional works by Balanchine, Millepied, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon. And, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will be presented during the holiday season.


Single-ticket sales for most programs of the 44th season begin Monday, July 18, with the one exception being tickets for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, which go on sale Monday, May 16.


See a list of all programming and dates below. For more information, visit




Friday, September 23, 2016

Celebrate the opening of PNB’s 44th season with a glamorous cocktail party, an elegant backstage dinner, and a dance party onstage after the performance. Featuring special guest Benjamin Millepied, former director of the Paris Opera Ballet.


Maria Chapman and William Lin-Yee in Benjamin Millepied's 3 MovementsTRICOLORE

September 23–October 2, 2016

This mixed rep program presents: 3 Movements by Benjamin Millepied; the PNB premiere of Appassionata Sonata by Millepied; and Balanchine’s Symphony in C



November 4–13, 2016

This mixed rep program presents: Brief Fling by Twyla Tharp; Forgotten Land by Jiri Kylian; and Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto.

George Balanchine’s

November 25–December 29, 2016

The classic Balanchine production that was originally premiered by New York City Ballet in February 1954.



February 3–12, 2017

A PNB premiere that features choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot; music by Sergei Prokofiev; and scenic design by Ernest Pignon-Ernest. 


Carla Körbes with Seth Orza in Carousel (A Dance) DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

March 17–26, 2017

This mixed rep program presents: New Suite by William Forsythe; the world premiere of a new work by Jessica Lang, originally previewed at Jacob’s Pillow; and the PNB premiere of Empire Noir by David Dawson.



March 19–26, 2017

A family program featuring students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.



April 14–23, 2017

This mixed rep program presents: Carousel (A Dance) by Christopher Wheeldon; Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue; and Robbins’ West Side Story Suite.



June 2–11, 2017     

This mixed rep program presents three PNB premieres: Balanchine’s La Source; Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer; and Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.



Sunday, June 11, 2017


In addition, PNB presents its NEXT STEP Choreographers’ Showcase on Friday, June 16 and its 36th Annual PNB School Performances the next day, on Saturday, June 17.


The company will tour to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, MA to kick off the season on August 24-28, 2016, where it will present Sum Stravinsky, 3 Movements and the first presentation of Lang’s new work. 


PNB offers a variety of free or affordably-priced special events for most of its productions, including previews, conversations, lectures and Q&As. For more information, visit


Photo (top): Jerome Tisserand (center) with Dylan Wald, Guillaume Basso, Miles Pertl and Steven Loch in Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto. Photo by Lindsay Thomas. Photo (left): Former PNB Principal Maria Chapman and current Principal William Lin-Yee in Benjamin Millepied’s 3 Movements. Photo by Angela Sterling. Photo (right): Former PNB Principal Carla Körbes with current Principal Seth Orza in Carousel (A Dance). Photo by Angela Sterling.