For the first time since 1996, Pacific Northwest Ballet's full company returns to New York and City Center, under the direction of artistic director Peter Boal. Accompanied by Music Director/Principal Conductor Emil de Cou and the acclaimed PNB Orchestra, the company will present two programs: A mixed repertoire of blockbuster Balanchine ballets, and Jean-Christophe Maillot's full-length Roméo et Juliette.
The works of George Balanchine are central to the history of Pacific Northwest Ballet, with 38 of his ballets in the company's repertory. The three works selected for City Center span the first 30 years of Balanchine's choreography: Concerto Barocco (1941), Agon (1957) and Apollo (1928).
PNB was the first American ballet company to perform choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot's contemporary interpretation of Roméo et Juliette. In his startlingly unconventional version of the classic tragedy, Maillot, artistic director of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, has taken inspiration from Sergei Prokofiev's classic score, tructuring the action in a manner akin to cinematic narrative.