Ballet West’s Choreographic Festival

This week Ballet West inaugurates its National Choreographic Festival: Two weekends of triple bills, featuring Ballet West in world premieres by Val Caniparoli and Nicolo Fonte, along with four guest companies performing recent creations. Visiting companies include Sarasota Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. The National Choreographic Festival grew out of BW’sMore »

What’s It Like To Make A Virtual Reality Ballet? One Dancer Explains.

Emma Love Suddarth and Miles Pertl in Silent Resonance

“Wait—explain it to me once more.  If I move my phone around like this, then what will it look like?” This was me, last August. Pacific Northwest Ballet had commissioned my husband, corps member Price Suddarth, to choreograph Silent Resonance, the company’s first “virtual reality ballet,” on fellow PNB dancer Miles Pertl and myself. HeMore »

Misty Copeland’s New Book and More!

Ballerina advice. American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland releases her newest book on March 21. Ballerina Body covers everything from nutrition to mentorship and aims to  inspire women to work toward their healthiest body.   Hamburg Ballet hits the U.S. The company will perform Old Friends, created by ballet director and chief choreographer John Neumeier, and set to Simon & Garfunkel songs.More »

Call Board

Two Premieres for Alexei Ratmansky Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky will have world premieres on two coasts this winter. On February 10, Miami City Ballet will debut his new one-act version of The Fairy’s Kiss to Stravinsky’s celebrated score, a homage to Tchaikovsky. The following month, on March 15, at California’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, AmericanMore »

This Week In Ballet: San Francisco Ballet Premieres Frankenstein, Changes at Pennsylvania Ballet and More

A promotion and a premiere at San Francisco Ballet, school director changes at Pennsylvania Ballet, José Mateo receives major award and more. San Francisco Ballet presents the North American premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein, a co-production with The Royal Ballet, on February 17.  The ballet, which had its world premiere in London last May, isMore »

Promotions at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet announced three promotions this weekend, including Benjamin Griffiths to principal, and Matthew Renko and Angelica Generosa to soloist. Generosa has received many recent opportunities to shine onstage, including during the company’s tour to New York City earlier this year and as an artist at the Vail International Dance Festival, where videos ofMore »

Carrie Imler’s Tips for Tackling Balanchine

Carrie Imler

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s season opener also marks principal Carrie Imler’s return to the stage after becoming a new mom. Pointe spoke with her about reprising the principal role in the first movement of Balanchine’s dazzling Symphony in C.   How would you describe the ballet to someone who’s never seen it before? It’s beautiful. It’s so classical with its white tutus.More »

Inside Noelani Pantastico’s Dance Bag

You’d be hard pressed to find a pair of ballet slippers in Noelani Pantastico’s dance bag. Instead, you’ll find a pair of socks—and plenty of pointe shoes. The Pacific Northwest Ballet principal, who joined the company in 1997, ditched wearing slippers for class when she took a seven-year hiatus abroad to dance with Les BalletsMore »

PNB’s Kylee Kitchens Says Goodbye

  When Kylee Kitchens joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2000 at just 19, she was admittedly not the self-assured performer she is today. Pointe asked her to share some career highlights before she retires to spend time with her 21-month-old, Simon. What will you be dancing for your last show? When I told Peter [Boal]More »

Dancer Spotlight: Elizabeth Murphy

On any given day, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s rehearsal studios are filled with ballerinas decked out in a rainbow of colorful, innovative leotards—many designed and hand-sewn by principal dancer Elizabeth Murphy. Murphy didn’t grow up sewing. In fact, she didn’t even know how to run a sewing machine until she was 18. She didn’t want toMore »