The curtain comes down on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2021-22 season with its annual season encore performance, a celebratory salute to departing dancers and a crowd-pleasing reprise of some of PNB’s greatest hits. The program will feature PNB’s entire company, along with the PNB orchestra under the baton of Music Director/Principal Conductor Emil de Cou, performing works by George Balanchine, Alejandro Cerrudo, Ulysses Dove and David Parsons.

“Our season encore performance offers the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to dancers who are leaving the Company, and to celebrate the culmination of another great season,” Artistic Director Peter Boal said in a press release. “Lots to be grateful for with this one, as we returned to the stage after such a prolonged absence. The unwavering commitment of dancers and the entire PNB family during this past season made me extremely proud.”

In addition to the previously-announced retirement of soloist Joshua Grant, the season encore performance allow the audience to bid farewell to corps de ballet dancers Guillaume Basso and Sarah Pasch. Basso, who joined the company in 2015, will be focusing his post-PNB career on continued work with Adage Ballet Studio, the Sodo-neighborhood coaching facility he opened with Abby Jayne DeAngelo in 2021. Pasch studied on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, joined the company as an apprentice in 2011 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2012. She recently finished her degree in interdisciplinary studies through Western Governors University and will be moving on to teach elementary school in the fall, following PNB’s summer tours to New York and Los Angeles.

The line-up for the 2021-22 season encore performance includes:

Little mortal jump

Music: Beirut, Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, Alexandre Desplat, Philip Glass, Hans Otte, Max Richter, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan      

Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven (Odes to Love and Loss)

Music: Arvo Pärt

Choreography: Ulysses Dove

Red Angels

Music: Richard Einhorn

Choreography: Ulysses Dove

Agon (pas de deux)

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust


Music: Robert Fripp

Choreography: David Parsons

Diamonds (Finale)

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2021-22 season encore performance will be performed one night: at 6:30 p.m. June 12 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. at Seattle Center.

Tickets may be purchased exclusively through the PNB Box Office by phone, 206-441-2424, in person, 301 Mercer St. at Seattle Center, or online: Subject to availability, tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to PNB show times at McCaw Hall.

Health & Safety: PNB patrons 12 and older must show proof that they are fully vaccinated before entering McCaw Hall. All patrons must be masked.