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February 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s new season begins to take shape

Though it’s still early days, PNB is notifying subscribers this week of what its 2013/2014 season might look like (subject to change, as seasons are all about budgets). Among the highlights: a world premiere ballet (currently untitled) by Twyla Tharp, who’s in residence at the company for several months this year, and which will be showcased in an all-Tharp program to open the season in September. That rep would also include the return of Tharp audience favorite “Nine Sinatra Songs” and a PNB Tharp premiere, “Brief Fling.” PNB will also present a world premiere from Alejandro Cerrudo (currently resident choreographer at Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance), and local premieres from Jiri Kylian (“Forgotten Land”) and Crystal Pite (“Emergence”).

As the season looks now, it’s a balanced mixture of contemporary rep programs (the Tharp evening, a Kylian/Pite rep, and and a bill featuring Cerrudo’s ballet and three returning contemporary works) and traditional story ballets. “Giselle,” new to the company last year, will return with new costumes by Jerome Kaplan (“Romeo et Juliette”); also returning are George Balanchine’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Ronald Hynd’s “Sleeping Beauty” and Kent Stowell’s “Nutcracker.” No Jerome Robbins? No other Balanchine? Stay tuned; things may change. A final version of the season will likely be announced in a month or so; individual tickets will go on sale in July.

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