PNB presents Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake

PNB presents Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake

Pacific Northwest Ballet continues its 2023-24 season with Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake. Every element of this production was crafted to keep audiences on the edge of their seats, from the masterful choreography, stunning costumes by Paul Tazewell, and off-kilter scenic design by Ming Cho Lee, to the undeniably iconic score brought to life by the world-famous PNB Orchestra. 

Considered by many to be the greatest classical ballet of all time, Swan Lake provides the ultimate challenge for dancers: the dual role of Odette, trapped in the body of a white swan until an oath of true love sets her free; and Odile, the “Black Swan” temptress. 

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 1981 production was a significant milestone as the first full-length ballet re-created for the Company. The current production of Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake, in a revised staging and featuring new designs, premiered in 2003 to open PNB’s inaugural season in Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.

Swan Lake runs for 10 performances, February 2 through 11. Tickets start at just $38. Swan Lake will also stream digitally from February 15 through 19: Digital access is available by subscription only. For tickets and additional information, contact the Pacific Northwest Ballet Box Office at 206.441.2424, online 24/7 at, or in person at 301 Mercer Street.

In addition to the performances, PNB offers PNB Conversations & Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, February 1 at 5:30 pm in Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall. Join PNB Associate Artistic Director Kiyon Ross, in conversation with a panel of Prince Siegfrieds (casting TBA). PNB Conversations offer in-depth interviews with artists involved in putting our repertory on stage. Attend the Conversations event only or stay for the dress rehearsal of Swan Lake. Tickets (suggested donation of $25) are available through the PNB Box Office.

Ballet Talks will also be offered one hour before performances, and are free for ticketholders. Join dance historian Doug Fullington for a 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design, and the process of bringing ballet to the stage.