Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancer Christopher D’Ariano performs Donald Byrd’s Wake the Neighbor in the McCaw Hall lobby during the 2018 NEXT STEP: Outside/In, PNB’s annual choreographers’ showcase and dance festival. NEXT STEP: Outside/In returns to McCaw Hall and locations around Seattle Center on Friday, June 14, 2019. Photo © Lindsay Thomas.
Pacific Northwest Ballet and PNB School present
NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN
It’s a party in our backyard: PNB’s annual choreographic showcase features new works onstage and outside, including free performances on the Seattle Center campus!
One Night Only!
Friday, June 14, 2019
OUTSIDE, 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Free!
IN, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: All seats only $25!
In and around Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center
Seattle, WA 98109
SEATTLE, WA — NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s innovative annual choreographers’ showcase, returns for its annual one-night-only outing on Friday, June 14, with original danceworks bursting out of McCaw Hall and onto the grounds of Seattle Center! The festival of new dance works will feature a cornucopia of choreography created in collaboration with the Seattle dance community in addition to the traditional premieres of works produced by PNB company dancers. NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN will be presented one night only, Friday, June 14 around the Seattle Center campus and inside Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street. Admission to the IN portion of the evening is ridiculously bargain-priced at only $25 and includes admittance to the onstage performances and a post-show Q&A with the choreographers. Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office, 206.441.2424 or PNB.org.
The evening begins OUTSIDE at 6:00 pm with free, rotating performances of five new danceworks: A solo dance created by Christopher D’Ariano and performed by PNB soloist Elle Macy; A piece choreographed by Mark Haim, set on PNB principal dancer Noelani Pantastico with six student dancers from the PNB School; 7Seven7 featuring work choreographed and performed by the students of PNB’s New Voices: Choreography and Process for Young Women in Dance, under the direction of Eva L. Stone; A work by Dammiel Cruz, performed by REACH Student Dance Group (a partnership between PNB and Spectrum Dance Theatre); and a major extravaganza in Seattle Center’s International Fountain choreographed by Ron Gatsby and performed by the dancers of Purple Lemonade Collective. Food trucks and carts from C. Davis Texas BBQ, Frankie & Jo’s, and Taqueria La Original will add to the OUTSIDE festivities.
The shindig then moves into McCaw Hall at 7:30 for the IN portion of the evening, with six premieres by PNB choreographers Nancy Casciano, Christopher D’Ariano, Steven Loch, Amanda Morgan, Sarah Pasch, and Calista Ruat, all set on the Professional Division student dancers of PNB School – the dance stars of tomorrow, on stage today.
ABOUT NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE / IN
NEXT STEP is PNB’s choreographic initiative that provides dancers, studio space, and rehearsal time for company members who wish to hone their skills of choreography. It was originally conceived by Artistic Director Peter Boal as a strategy to develop emerging choreographic talent, and as a channel for Professional Division students from Pacific Northwest Ballet School (talented young artists one step away from their professional careers) to participate in the creation of a new work. NEXT STEP is managed by former PNB soloist and current PNB faculty member, stager, and choreographer Kiyon Ross.
In 2018, PNB took the collaborative performance even further, by expanding NEXT STEP into an indoor/outdoor event that combines free performances and a festival atmosphere in addition to the traditional paid performance. NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN will feature collaborations within the Seattle dance community, performances by student dancers, new opportunities for emerging artists, and possible surprises around every corner, both within and outside McCaw Hall. It’s an ideal way to kick off the weekend!
NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN is a Community Created Event sponsored by Seattle Center Productions, and made possible with generous support from The Wallace Foundation. Special thanks to Talking Rain, and media sponsor The Evergrey.
All NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE pieces will be performed multiple times beginning at 6:00 pm. (Performance times listed below are approximate.) The OUTSIDE line-up will include:
7Seven7 (“Triple Seven”)
Music by Meredith Monk
Choreography by PNB School’s New Voices: Choreography and Process for Young Women in Dance
Directed by Eva L. Stone
Danced by Samone Alberts, Noelle Anches, Emerson Boll, Maia Breslin, Sarah Brooks, Lucy Carlin, Tori Chapman, Kylie Chu, Gracie Galvin, Elena Hamblin, Clara Kang-Crosby, Kaili Kitamura, Makena Lung, Adeline Medverd, Isabelle Rookstool, Alice Rupp, Ashleigh Steedman, Audrey Stuck, and Bayley Walker.
Performed at the Kreielsheimer Promenade Fountain
6:00, 6:35, 6:55
Music by Philip Glass
Choreography by Christopher D’Ariano
Danced by Elle Macy
Performed on the Kreielsheimer Promenade
6:10, 6:30, 6:50, 7:15
Music by Franz Schubert
Choreography by Mark Haim
Danced by Noelani Pantastico with PNB School Level III students Liza Bromley, Sarah Hiciano, Sara Rajpathak, Sasha Smith, Vivian Wang, and Milaana Willis
Performed on the Exhibition Hall Lawn
6:15, 6:45, 7:00, 7:20
Music by Lizzo & Caroline Smith
Choreography by Dammiel Cruz
Danced by REACH Student Dance Group (Zella Brown, Lila Duckett, Andres Dunne-Loper, Zev Fort, Dennis Fresenius, Elise Hueffed, Riley Mason, Ava Montejano, Hannah Mouza, Liana Owen, Amaya Singam, and Lily Vonderlage.)
Performed adjacent to the International Fountain
6:10, 6:30, 6:50, 7:10
Music by Fela Kuti and Dawn Richard
Choreography by Ron Gatsby
Dancers: Purple Lemonade Collective
Co-Artistic Directors Ron Gatsby and Kristen Puckhaber
Jada Brown-Williams, William Dean, Alex Evans, Andres Felipe, Marcus Fon, Ryan Foster, Cesar Genis, Emmy Gockel, Mishka Griffin, Braidon Hobzeck, Bianca K, Sarah Kendal, Jon Kim, Kianna Lewis, Jakob Lonher, Sylvia Okafor, Ebo Quansah, Jenna Summerfield, Kiesha Vaughan, Cione White
Performed at Seattle Center’s International Fountain
6:00, 6:35, 7:00
NEXT STEP: IN begins at 7:30 pm. All works will be danced by PNB School Professional Division students. The IN line-up will include:
Circles & Triangles
Music by Michael Torke
Choreography by Nancy Casciano
The premiere of Nancy Casciano’s Circles & Triangles is generously underwritten by PNB’s Young Patrons Circle.
Music by Thomas Nickell and Fiona Stocks-Lyons
Choreography by Christopher D’Ariano
The premiere of Christopher D’Ariano’s Timebomb is generously underwritten by Jon Conte and Connie & Tom Walsh.
Music by Avi Lasser and Garrett Overcash
Choreography by Steven Loch
The premiere of Steven Loch’s Duality is generously underwritten by Sue Buske.
Music by Gabriel Prokofiev, Edith Piaf
Original Script by Amanda Morgan, produced by Avi Lasser
Choreography by Amanda Morgan
The premiere of Amanda Morgan’s The Argument is generously underwritten by H. David Kaplan.
How Does That Grab You?
Music by Nancy Sinatra
Choreography by Sarah Pasch
The premiere of Sarah Pasch’s How Does That Grab You? is generously underwritten by Jon Conte, Dan & Michele Heidt, and Toby & Linda Warson.
A Tribe Called Michio
Music by Avi Lasser and Garrett Overcash
Choreography by Calista Ruat
The premiere of Calista Ruat’s A Tribe Called Michio is generously underwritten by Terrel Lefferts & Jo Anne Iaciofano and Joe Norman.
Meet the creators! The evening will conclude with a post-show Q&A with the choreographers in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, free with admission.
TICKET & SHOWTIME INFORMATION
NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN will be presented one night only, on Friday, June 14. All events take place in or around Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.
- 6:00 pm – FREE public performances on the grounds of Seattle Center. (Free maps and showtime guides distributed from kiosks at McCaw Hall.)
- 7:30 pm – NEXT STEP performance inside McCaw Hall (Admission required)
- 9:30 pm – Post-performance Q&A with choreographers in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall (Free with admission)
Tickets to the IN portion of NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN are a steal at just $25. Admission includes the six onstage performances and admittance to the post-performance Q&A.
Tickets may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:
- Phone – 206.441.2424
- In Person – 301 Mercer Street, Seattle
- Online – PNB.org
Subject to availability, tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to show time at McCaw Hall. There will be no student or senior rush tickets sold for NEXT STEP.
TeenTix members ages 13-19 may purchase day-of-show tickets, subject to availability, for $5. There are no TeenTix companion tickets available for this performance. For more information, visit TeenTix.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet School Level IV students perform Miles Pertl’s Riding the Wave in the Kreielsheimer Promenade Fountain at Seattle Center during the 2018 NEXT STEP: Outside/In, PNB’s annual choreographers’ showcase and dance festival. NEXT STEP: Outside/In returns to McCaw Hall and locations around Seattle Center on Friday, June 14, 2019. Photo © Lindsay Thomas.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Nancy Casciano is from Atlanta, Georgia. She studied at the School of American Ballet and PNB School, and she attended summer courses at PNB School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell. Ms. Casciano joined PNB as an apprentice in 2014 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2015.
Dammiel Cruz is from New York, New York. He studied on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Boston Ballet. He was the recipient of the Mae. L. Wien Award and Danish American Nationals Cultural Exchange (DANCE) scholarship. Mr. Cruz joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to corps de ballet later that year.
Christopher D’Ariano is from Yonkers, New York. He studied at Ballet Tech, the School of American Ballet, and PNB School, and he attended summer courses at Ballet Tech, Boston Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, and PNB School. He was the recipient of the School of American Ballet Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise. Mr. D’Ariano joined PNB as an apprentice in 2017 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2018. He has also danced with Lunge Dance Collective, and he has choreographed for the Seattle International Dance Festival. Mr. D’Ariano performed a solo by Donald Byrd and saw the premiere of his own work at PNB’s NEXT STEP: Outside/In in 2018; he returns this year with works both outside and on the mainstage.
Ron Gatsby is a dancer, teaching artist, and choreographer based in Seattle. He is the Artistic Director/Choreographer of the Purple Lemonade, an artist collective which he founded in 2016. Ron’s work reflects a desire to create movement that makes queer art in general – and black art in particular – visible and actively taking space in Seattle. Locally Ron’s work has been seen at Seattle PrideFest, Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Remix, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and PNB. Purple Lemonade has performed at PNB and SAM’s collaboration, Summer at SAM: Sculptured Dance, and at PNB’s NEXT STEP: Outside/In in 2018. Ron has appeared in videos for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Charlotte Tilbury; his commercial choreography credits include Alexander McQueen, Charlotte Tilbury, Kate Moss, and St. Germain, among others.
Mark Haim has been making dances and teaching dance for 35 years. Born in New York City, he began studying classical piano at age six, and attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, where, in addition to piano, he studied theory, composition and chamber music. He was accepted to the Dance Division of The Juilliard School on an honorary scholarship, graduating with a BFA degree. There, he performed in works by Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow, and began choreographing. He received his MFA in Dance in 2006, in the first graduating class of the Hollins/ADF MFA program. From 1984 -1987, he directed Mark Haim & Dancers, which performed at various theaters and venues in the US, Luxembourg, and Holland. From 1987-1990, he was Artistic Director of the Companhia de Danca de Lisboa, one of Portugal’s first publicly-funded modern dance companies. Mark has been commissioned to create new works for many dance companies in the US, Europe and Asia; He has also created works for numerous university dance departments throughout the US. His 80-minute solo, “The Goldberg Variations,” created between 1994 and 1997, was co-commissioned by the American Dance Festival and the Danspace Project. With pianist Andre Gribou, “The Goldberg Variations” has been performed around the globe. Mark is a recipient of a 1987 NYFA Choreographers Fellowship, a 1988 and 1996 NEA Choreographers Fellowship and grants from the NPN Suitcase Fund, ArtsLink, Inc., the Harkness Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. He was awarded the Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon Fellowship for Choreography. Mark is a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
Steven Loch is from Denton, Texas. He studied at Ballet Conservatory in Lewisville, Texas, and on scholarship at Harid Conservatory and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He attended summer courses on scholarship at American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet School (Canada), the School of American Ballet, Harid Conservatory, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Mr. Loch joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2011. He was promoted to corps de ballet in 2012 and soloist in 2018. Mr. Loch has performed as a guest artist at the International Ballet Festival of Miami and the Youth America Grand Prix Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow gala. In 2014, Mr. Loch was a finalist at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. He won the Junior Bronze Medal in the New York Youth America Grand Prix competition in 2005 and won the Regional “Youth Grand Prix” Award in 2006. Mr. Loch also was the recipient of the Texie Waterman Scholarship in 2005 and the George Skibine Scholarship in 2009, both awarded by the Dallas Dance Council.
Elle Macy is from Huntington Beach, California. She studied at Orange County Dance Center and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Macy joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2012, was promoted to corps de ballet in 2013, and soloist in 2019. Ms. Macy has won awards from several competitions, including the Youth American Grand Prix, Spotlight Scholarship Competition, and Dance Masters of America.
Amanda Morgan is from Tacoma, Washington. She studied at Dance Theatre Northwest and PNB School, and attended summer courses at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Boston Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She participated in PNB School’s exchange with the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, where she also performed with Dresden Semperoper Ballett. Ms. Morgan joined PNB as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2017.
New Voices: Choreography and Process for Young Women in Dance is PNB School’s first year-round student choreography class, made possible through funding support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. PNB’s goal with this initiative is to encourage more young women to take an early interest in ballet choreography. As a leader within the ballet world, PNB recognizes its responsibility to remove barriers, and formally encourage women pursuing choreographic opportunities, currently a field that relatively few women enter. This initiative creates a formal structure to help young women find their choreographic voices. PNB School faculty member Eva Stone instructs all New Voices classes.
Founded in 1972, Pacific Northwest Ballet is one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States. Led by Peter Boal since 2005 (succeeding Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, artistic directors since 1977), the company of nearly 50 dancers presents more than 100 performances of full-length and mixed repertory ballets each year at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, and on tour. Founded in 1974, Pacific Northwest Ballet School is recognized as one of the top ballet training institutions in the country. Under the direction of Peter Boal, the School offers a complete, professional curriculum to more than 1,000 students. The School’s Open Program attracts 600 teens and adults who wish to pursue recreational dance instruction in a supportive and encouraging setting. With locations in Seattle and Bellevue, the School maintains a faculty of over 20 instructors, each with extensive performing backgrounds, and professional piano accompanists. PNB School is divided into three divisions: The Children’s Division is divided into Pre-K for ages 2–4, Creative Movement for ages 5–6, Pre-Ballet for age 7, and Children’s Division Boy’s Class for boys ages 5–7. The Student Division offers eight levels of instruction. (Auditions are required for admission and placement is based on age, strength and physical development.) The Professional Division offers advanced instruction for those students planning a professional dance career. The School offers full and partial tuition scholarships to students who demonstrate artistic potential and financial need. For more information, visit PNB.org/pnb-school.
Noelani Pantastico is from Oahu, Hawaii. She trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School from 1994 to 1996. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1997. She was promoted to corps de ballet in 1998, soloist in 2001, and principal in 2004. In 2008, she left PNB to join Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo as a soloist and was promoted to first soloist in 2009. In 2015, Ms. Pantastico returned to PNB as a principal dancer. In 2017, Ms. Pantastico choreographedPicnic for Sculptured Dance, a collaboration between Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Art Museum presented at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Picnic was restaged for the 2018 NEXT STEP: Outside/In.
Sarah Pasch is from Dublin, California. She studied at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She attended summer courses at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Lines Ballet, the Kirov Academy, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Pasch joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2011 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2012.
The Purple Lemonade Collective is an artist group based out of Seattle. The Collective’s objective is to create art that educates, inspires, and entertains. The PLC includes choreographers, dancers, models, stylists, graphic designers, videographers, and music producers working together to make art accessible to our communities, whether across the street or around the globe. In addition to their individual creative projects, the PLC is also a fully functioning multimedia company, with the resources to fulfill most production needs. For more information, visit thepurplelemonade.com.
REACH Student Dance Group, a partnership between Pacific Northwest Ballet and Spectrum Dance Theatre, is a unique dance workshop program, offered in two independent sessions for students ages 11-15. Participants collaborate with local dance artists to create and perform new pieces of choreography. Each session explores a different dance style and culminates in a performance onstage at McCaw Hall. REACH offers a supportive environment and exceptional opportunities for students both new to and experienced in dance. All dance experience and ability levels welcome. For more information, visit PNB.org/community/programs/reach
Calista Ruat is from Paris, France. She trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School under the direction of Claude Bessy. Her teachers were Carole Arbo and Attilio Labis, and she was coached by Noella Pontois. Ms. Ruat joined Paris Opera Ballet as a corps de ballet member in 2010. She worked with Benjamin Millepied, director of dance, and was coached by Sebastien Marcovici. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a corps de ballet member in 2017.
Eva L. Stone received a B.F.A in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University. She studied at SUNY Purchase, The Alvin Ailey School, and Harvard University and has worked with dance legends such as Daniel Nagrin, David Gordon, Viola Farber, Wendy Perron, and Gus Solomons, Jr. Ms. Stone performed professionally with companies in both Boston and Los Angeles. After completing a Master of Arts Degree in Choreography and Choreological Studies from Trinity Laban in London, England, she formed The Stone Dance Collective. Ms. Stone relocated to Seattle in 1995, re-established her company and began an extensive teaching and lecturing career (in both technique and composition) throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Ms. Stone is currently on faculty at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Bellevue College, and for The School at Spectrum Dance Theater. Ms. Stone has created commissioned works for Spectrum Dance Theater, South Bay Ballet, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Mid-Columbia Ballet, Theatre Ballet (BYU), Peninsula Dance Theater, Ballet Folsom, NewDance Company (NY) and collaboratively with Seattle Dance Project on the critically acclaimed Project Orpheus at ACT Theater. Ms. Stone is also a commissioned choreographer and faculty instructor for Regional Dance America/Pacific. Her work has premiered in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, London, Geneva, Montreal, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Stone also had the opportunity to assist Donald Byrd for the Seattle Opera production of Aida. Her other projects include choreographing over 25 musical theatre productions and she recently received the 5th Avenue Theater award for Outstanding Choreography for her work in Chicago. Ms. Stone is the producer and curator of CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work, a contemporary dance festival held annually in Bellevue, Washington. This critically-acclaimed event brings local, regional, national and international contemporary dance companies together for a series of performances, lectures, and master classes and has been awarded multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit chopshopdance.org
Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers performs Noelani Pantastico’s Picnic on the Boeing Green lawn at Seattle Center during the 2018 NEXT STEP: Outside/In, PNB’s annual choreographers’ showcase and dance festival. NEXT STEP: Outside/In returns to McCaw Hall and locations around Seattle Center on Friday, June 14, 2019. Photo © Lindsay Thomas.
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