Director's Choice

Presented by Pacific Northwest Ballet

“[PNB has] pushed the envelope with world premieres by highly sought-after choreographers and emerging talent alike. Let’s just say Boal chooses well.” —Seattle Dances 

Premieres pair with stunning repertory works in this absorbing mixed bill. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s (Cylindrical Shadows) critically-acclaimed signature piece, Before After, a PNB premiere, unmasks the turmoil just before a relationship ends. David Dawson’s breathtaking, hyper-extended A Million Kisses to My Skin references the intoxicating bliss dancers experience while performing. Rassemblement, Nacho Duato’s poignant work set to slave songs by Haitian artist Toto Bissainthe, voices communal yearning and resistance in a climate of oppression. The program also features a world premiere by New York City Ballet’s rising dancer-choreographer Justin Peck, praised for creation that “seems to come easily, naturally, from a quick and brimming intelligence” (New York Observer).


A Million Kisses to My Skin
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography: David Dawson
Scenic Design: David Dawson
Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting Design: Bert Dalhuysen                                    

Music: Toto Bissainthe
Choreography: Nacho Duato
Scenic Design: Walter Nobbe
Costume Design: Nacho Duato
Lighting Design: Nicolas Fischtel

Before After (PNB Premiere)
Music: Marc Van Roon
Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Costume and Lighting Design: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Debonair (World Premiere)
Music: George Antheil
Choreography: Justin Peck
Costume Design: Reid Barthelme and Harriet Jung
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Photo features principal dancers Lindsi Dec and Lesley Rausch in David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin, to be presented as part of DIRECTOR’S CHOICE.

Event Showings

Event Details

  • Nov 8 - 16 , 2014
  • Lobby - 2 hours prior to show time
  • $30 - $184
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  • Parking is available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall.

  • Call 206-615-0404 to make your reservation at Prelude.

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