The season’s final mixed bill promises intriguing variety. Balanchine’s resplendent Theme and Variations represents the height of classical purity and elegance, while his zesty Tarantella pas de deux dazzles with virtuoso fun. In Jose Limon’s masterpiece, The Moor’s Pavane—a reduction of Shakespeare’s Othello—riveting characterizations cast a powerful spell. The line-up is joined by the return of our own Price Suddarth’s electric Signature.
PNB’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy charms everyone who enters its enchanted realm. Deep in a Northwest-inspired fairy kingdom, a quarrel between the King Oberon and Queen Titania sparks mayhem when mischief-maker Puck mismatches mortal lovers and causes Titania to romance donkey-headed Bottom. All’s well that ends well by Act II, which opens with Mendelssohn’s famous Wedding March and celebrates ideal love with some of Balanchine’s most beautiful choreography. Featuring the PNB Orchestra.
Scenic & Costume Design
The second mixed bill of the season offers Peter Boal’s seasonal selections, handpicked to introduce the audience to dancemakers who are evolving the art form. His interest in American choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams and Matthew Neenan prompted commissions to make new works for the company. These are joined by a third new-to-PNB work by ballet superstar Justin Peck, set to a score by Sufjan Stevens.
World Premiere Commission