Modern Masterpieces

Presented by Pacific Northwest Ballet

March’s ideally balanced mixed-bill delivers three repertory giants and a world premiere. Peter Boal’s desire to curate new choreographic collections paved the way for works by Ulysses Dove and Twyla Tharp to enter PNB’s repertory. In Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Dove’s ode to love and loss, the pairing and parting of three couples is illuminated in still pools of white light. Aerobic-clad “stompers” and ankle-socked ballerinas convene under arena-rock haze for Tharp’s In the Upper Room, an exuberant full-court assault from the 80s. Concerto Barocco, George Balanchine’s testament to the mathematical beauty of Bach, achieves flawless form via Francia Russell, one of the first ballet masters chosen by Balanchine to stage his works. PNB’s own Paul Gibson (The Piano Dance) unveils a new pas de deux to Mozart for the Company, sensitively crafted to the dancers he knows best.

Production Information

Concerto Barocco
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (Double Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043)
Choreography: George Balanchine
Staging: Francia Russell
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Duration: 22 minutes

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven
Odes to Love and Loss
Music: Arvo Pärt (Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, 1977)
Choreography: Ulysses Dove
Staging: Eva Säfström
Scenic and Costume Design: Jorge Gallardo
Original Lighting Design: Björn Nilsson
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Duration: 20 minutes

In the Upper Room
Music: Philip Glass (1986)
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Staging: Shelley Washington
Scenic Design: Santo Loquasto
Costume Design: Norma Kamali
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Duration: 40 minutes

Mozart Pieces
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreography: Paul Gibson
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
World Premiere

Event Showings

Event Details

  • Mar 16 - 24 , 2013
  • Lobby - 2 hours prior to show time
  • $28 - $173
  • Make your reservation at Prelude by calling 206-615-0404.