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Romeo & Juliette @ Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Feb 4 – Feb 13 all-day

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“A remarkable work…this is like no Romeo and Juliet ballet you’ve seen before: It’s intricate, often achingly beautiful, and never simply pretty.” —The Seattle Times

 

“The power of Maillot’s production, and this cast in particular, is the emotional impact. As an audience member you feel the roller coaster from ecstasy to sorrow. Even though it’s tragic, it’s too achingly beautiful to look away.” — SeattleDances

 

Pacific Northwest Ballet Continues its 21/22 Season with the Return of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s

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A CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION OF SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGEDY

Choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot

Music by Sergei Prokofiev (Op. 64, 1935-36)

 

Nine Performances Onstage, February 4 – 13, 2022

February 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM

February 5 and 12 at 2:00 and 7:30 PM

February 6 and 13 at 1:00 PM

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

Steaming Digitally February 24 – 28

 

“A tour-de-force requiring not only high-quality dancing but committed acting in this symbolic, abstract version of the Shakespearean love story. Maillot’s choreography is exciting and energizing, a feast of styles densely packed together, and the PNB dancers revel in it.” —Tacoma News Tribune


SEATTLE, WA – Jean-Christophe Maillot’s masterful Roméo et Juliette was premiered in 1996 by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, where Maillot is resident choreographer and artistic director. His contemporary interpretation has been hailed throughout the world as “one of the most beautiful ballets adapted from Shakespeare’s masterpiece” (Scènes Magazine), and instantly became an audience favorite and a signature work in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s repertory when the company presented its west coast premiere in 2008. Now this unforgettable romantic tragedy returns to the stage as PNB continues its 49th season.

Roméo et Juliette runs for nine performances, February 4 through 13. Tickets start at just $30. Roméo et Juliette will also stream digitally from February 24 through 28, for friends and lovers to watch from the comfort of home. Tickets for the digital access are $35. For tickets and additional information, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online 24/7 at PNB.org, or in person at 301 Mercer Street. See “Ticket Information,” below, for more details. (Audience Advisory: Content may not be appropriate for young children.)

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to PNB’s live and/or digital performances may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Phone – 206.441.2424
  • In Person – 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center
  • Online (24/7) – PNB.org

 

(Tickets are also available – subject to availability – 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall. In-person ticket sales at the McCaw Hall Box Office are subject to day-of-show increases. Advance tickets through the PNB Box Office are strongly suggested for best prices and greatest availability.)

Tickets for the live performances of Roméo et Juliette are $30 – $190. Groups of ten or more may enjoy discounts up to 20% off regular prices: Contact Group Sales Manager Julie Jamieson at 206.441.2416 or JulieJ@PNB.org for ticketing assistance. (Group discounts are not valid on lowest-priced tickets and may not be combined with other offers.) For additional information about special ticket offers including The Pointe, Young Patrons Circle, PWYC and TeenTix, visit PNB.org/season/offers.

Health & Safety: In accordance with current King County regulations, PNB patrons 12 and older must be able to show proof that they are fully vaccinated before entering McCaw Hall. All patrons must be masked. For details and more information, please visit PNB.org/Health.

The show must go on: Pacific Northwest Ballet is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances will not be cancelled for sleet, snow, or Seattle traffic. In the unlikely event that the status of a performance does change, an announcement will be posted on PNB.org.

Tickets for PNB’s digital-only presentation of Roméo et Juliette (February 24 – 28) are $35.

ABOUT THE BALLET

Roméo et Juliette
Music: Sergei Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, 1935-1936)
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Staging: Bernice Coppieters, George Oliveira, and Bruno Roque
Scenic Design: Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Costume Design: Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting Design: Dominique Drillot
Premiere: December 23, 1996: Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: January 31, 2008

Running Time, Live: Two hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission
Running Time, Digital: One hour and 50 minutes

From West Side Story to Twilight, Shakespeare’s great romance seems always to find new interpretation, and its tale of forbidden love has been especially enticing to the dance world. Peter Boal was so mesmerized by Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette when he attended its New York debut in 1999, that it became his first full-length acquisition for PNB as artistic director. Though Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette is firmly grounded in classical ballet, his choreography is imbued with natural and intuitive movement that feels progressive and expands margins of expression. As the famous story of star-crossed lovers unfolds, the dancers’ swimming hands, flying arms, and off-kilter balances speak for racing hearts, reckless impulses, and inner turmoil. Stage action is brought into high relief by the ballet’s spare and elegant design. Great washes of blue and gold light reflect the magnitude of Prokofiev’s dramatic score, and the piercing elation and lament of young love project like Hollywood close-ups.

Sergei Prokofiev’s glorious ballet score is frequently called his masterpiece. Its thematic melodies — by turns sweetly tender, sweepingly passionate, hotly fierce, and chillingly eerie — provide counterpoint and impart eloquent support to the narrative. In his version of Roméo et Juliette, choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot has taken formal inspiration from the episodic character of Prokofiev’s classic score, structuring the action in a manner akin to cinematic narrative. Rather than focusing on themes of political-social opposition between the two feuding clans, this Romeo and Juliet highlights the dualities and ambiguities of adolescence. Torn between contradictory impulses, between tenderness and violence, fear and pride, the lovers are caught in the throes of a tragedy that exemplifies their youth and the extreme emotions and internal conflicts that characterize that time of life — a time of life when destiny, more than at any other moment, seems to escape conscious control, and when the inner turmoil occasioned by passions and ideals can sometimes have disproportionate — even fatal — consequences. In evoking this fragile and volatile state of being, scenic designer Ernest Pignon-Ernest has created a decor marked by transparency and lightness: a play of simple forms that reveals an underlying complexity of meaning.  [Notes reprinted by permission of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. For more information, visit PNB.org/season.]

 

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The 2008 PNB premiere of Roméo et Juliette was generously underwritten by Dan & Pam Baty. PNB is also grateful to Dan & Pam Baty for their leadership support to underwrite the creation of scenery and costumes for this production in 2013. Roméo et Juliette is a co-production with Atlanta Ballet.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2021-2022 season is proudly sponsored by ArtsFund and Microsoft. Special thanks also to 4Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and The Wallace Foundation. PNB media sponsorship provided by The Seattle Times.

Publicity Contact

Gary Tucker, Director of Communications

M/T 206.328.TUCK (8825) / O 206.441.2426 / GTucker@PNB.org / PNB.org/press

 

Everything is subject to change. For further information, please visit PNB.org.

 

PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET

301 Mercer Street ● Seattle, WA 98109 ● 206.441.2424 ● www.PNB.org

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