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Onstage This Week: 3 Premieres at PNB, The Washington Ballet Brings Back Modern Dance Classics, "Jewels" at Ballet West, and More!

Artists of Ballet West in Balanchine's Jewels. Photo by Beau Pearson, Courtesy Ballet West.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? In addition to the programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet West and City Ballet of San Diego listed below, this week also marks Balanchine: The City Center Years, a five-day extravaganza bringing together eight companies from around the world. You can read more about it here. Also coming up is Boston Ballet's black box show, BB@home: ChoreograpHER, which features six new works by women in the company. Peek inside the budding choreographers' processes here.


Pacific Northwest Ballet Brings Three Premieres to Seattle

Pacific Northwest Ballet's mixed-rep program titled ALL PREMIERE brings three new works to Seattle November November 2-11. The line up includes the world premiere of PNB dancer Kyle Davis' A Dark and Lonely Space to a score by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and the company premieres of Alejandro Cerrudo's Silent Ghost and Alexander Ekman's Cacti. Above, catch a glimpse of rehearsal for A Dark and Lonely Space featuring PNB principals Sarah Ricard Orza and Jerome Tisserand.

The Washington Ballet Celebrates Three Contemporary Masters

October 31-November 4, The Washington Ballet presents three modern dance classics at Washington, DC's Sidney Harman Hall. The program includes Mark Morris' Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes based on a 1616 English poem celebrating ethereal love, Merce Cunningham's famous postmodern Duets to an abstract score by John Cage, and Paul Taylor's beloved Company B, about young Americans going off to World War II to music by the Andrews Sisters.

Ballet West Opens Its 55th Season with "Jewels"

This week Ballet West opens its 55th season with Jewels, George Balanchine's glamorous three-part abstract ballet. Jewels takes us through the eras of Balanchine's history that helped shape his aesthetic: "Emeralds," to music by Gabriel Fauré, refers to 18th century French courts; "Rubies," to Igor Stravinsky is jazzy and all-American; "Diamonds" is set to Tchaikovsky and is evocative of Russian Imperial Courts. Salt Lake City audiences can enjoy "Emeralds," "Rubies" and "Diamonds" November 2-10.

City Ballet of San Diego's Tchaikovsky Spectacular 

City Ballet of San Diego celebrates the music of Tchaikovsky with three works, November 2-4. The program includes two excerpts from Swan Lake—Act II and Black Swan Pas de Deux—as well as something more modern, co-director of City Ballet School Elizabeth Wistrich's Tschai Celebration, set to Tchaikovsky's The Seasons. Catch a glimpse, along with sections from the more familiar Swan Lake, in the above trailer.

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There's a sweet spot toward the end of August—after summer intensives have wrapped up and before it's time to head back to school or work—where the days are long, lazy and begging to be spent neck-deep in a pile of good books. Whether you're looking for inspiration for the upcoming season or trying to brush up on your dance history, you can never go wrong with an excellent book on ballet. We've gathered eight titles (all available at common booksellers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble) guaranteed to give you a deeper understanding of the art form, to add to your end-of-summer reading list.

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James Yoichi Moore and Noelani Pantastico warm up onstage. Angela Sterling, Courtesy SDC.

On a sunny July weekend, hundreds of Seattle-area dance fans converged on tiny Vashon Island, a bucolic enclave in Puget Sound about 20 miles from the city. They made the ferry trek to attend the debut performance of the fledgling Seattle Dance Collective.

SDC is not a run-of-the-mill contemporary dance company; it's the brainchild of two of Pacific Northwest Ballet's most respected principal dancers: James Yoichi Moore and Noelani Pantastico. The duo wanted to create a nimble organization to feature dancers and choreographers they felt needed more exposure in the Pacific Northwest.

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Roman Mejia in Robbins' Dances at a Gathering. Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB.

The Princess Grace Foundation has just announced its 2019 class, and we're thrilled that two ballet dancers—New York City Ballet's Roman Mejia and BalletX's Stanley Glover—are included among the list of über-talented actors, filmmakers, playwrights, dancers and choreographers.

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The Royal Ballet's Alexander Campbell and Yasmine Naghdi in Ashton's The Two Pigeons. Tristram Kenton, Courtesy ROH.

While most ballet casts are 100 percent human, it's not unheard of for live animals to appear onstage, providing everything from stage dressing to supporting roles. Michael Messerer's production of Don Quixote features a horse and a donkey; American Ballet Theatre's Giselle calls for two Russian wolfhounds; and Sir Frederick Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardee requires a white Shetland pony. Another Ashton masterpiece, The Two Pigeons, is well known for its animal actors. But though ballet is a highly disciplined, carefully choreographed art form, some performers are naturally more prone to flights of fancy—because they're birds.

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