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Published: Friday, July 30, 2010, 12:01 a.m.

PNB first to stage 'Giselle'

The highlight of the upcoming season at Pacific Northwest Ballet may be the spring finale.
The Seattle dance company plans a world premiere staging of the classic "Giselle," never before seen in America. Experts have resurrected a version of the tragedy using original material from the 1840s.
Returning to McCaw Hall this season is the George Balanchine adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Kent Stowell's "Cinderella" and the holiday favorite, a "Nutcracker."
For more contemporary tastes, pieces by Twyla Tharp, Marco Goecke and others are scheduled. Here's a preview of what's to come:
"Director's Choice": Sept. 24 to Oct. 3
Artistic Director Peter Boal opens the season with a textured collection of dances ranging from Jiri Kylian's choreography of Mozart to the contemporary sounds of Philip Glass under the imagination of Jerome Robbins. The evening also includes "Jardí Tancat," Nacho Duato's work danced to Catalonian songs.
"All Tharp": Nov. 5 to 14
Three works by Twyla Tharp offer a striking demonstration of the choreographer's creative fluency. "Opus 111" and "Afternoon Ball" both were commissioned for the Seattle company. "Waterbaby Bagatelles" features the musical currents of seven short 20th century compositions, including Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.
"Nutcracker": Nov. 27 to Dec. 27
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's holiday favorite returns in a production created by Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak.
"Cinderella": Feb. 4 to 13
It's been nine years since Kent Stowell's choreography of Prokifiev's masterpiece has graced the stage at McCaw Hall.
"Contemporary 4": March 18 to 27
An evening of contemporary dance. Mark Morris' "Pacific" appears against expansive blue-and-orange vistas. "The Piano Dance" by Paul Gibson is set to 10 piano pieces. Young German choreographer Marco Goecke stages a world premiere that likely will feature his enigmatic and quirky style. "Concerto DSCH" is the first work by critically acclaimed Alexei Ratmansky, of the famous Bolshoi, to be picked up by Pacific Northwest Ballet. "DSCH" is known to be engaging, musical and full of surprise.
"Pinocchio": March 20 to 26
A perfect introduction to dance for young children. This performance of the classic story of Geppetto's puppet who dreams of being a boy is a narrated, hourlong performance danced by students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream": April 8 to 17
George Balanchine created the choreography for this version of Shakespeare's comedy about the misadventures, quarrels and reconciliations of two pairs of mortal lovers and the King and Queen of the fairies.
"Giselle": June 3 to 12
The season ends with Peter Boal's world premiere staging of "Giselle." Dance expert Doug Fullington worked with scholar Marian Smith to dust off the original staging from the mid-19th century when the ballet premiered in Paris. It's the story of a young peasant girl who is seduced and betrayed by a nobleman.
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PNB's 2010-2011 season
Tickets now are on sale for this year's upcoming season at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Seats range from $27 to $165 and can be purchased at or by calling 206-441-2424.
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