Help Commission a New Work for PNB

Pacific Northwest Ballet

100% of $7,000
$0 of $7,000 to go
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About This Project

“New choreography is life of a ballet company. Great choreography is not simply born on the great stages of the world; it is born in a studio with dancers and a choreographer’s vision. The most important contribution you can make to the future of dance is to make choreographic workshops, like NEXT STEP, possible” – Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet

On June 13, 2014 Pacific Northwest Ballet will present the 11th annual NEXT STEP, a one-night-only showcase of five world premieres choreographed by PNB Company Dancers. These innovative pieces will be performed by PNB School’s Professional Division students, and will feature live music for select pieces by The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. Past PNB Choreographers for this showcase have included Andrew Bartee, Jonathan Porretta, Kiyon Gaines, Margaret Mullin, and Ezra Thomson.

By making a donation of any size, you become directly involved in commissioning a new work for NEXT STEP. All funds raised for this project go directly to expenses related to building a ballet, including:

  • costume creation
  • set and lighting design
  • music rights
  • choreographer salaries

Your support is not only an investment in artistic development and an expansion of PNB’s repertory, but it provides the opportunity for up-and-coming choreographers to practice their craft, and in the words of Peter Boal, “without that opportunity, the art form doesn’t continue to renew itself – for how else do you develop the next Balanchine, the next Twyla Tharp, or Christopher Wheeldon?”

Help us discover and support emerging talent; make your donation today and be a part of something spectacular. 

Photo © Lindsay Thomas


Donor Benefits

Donate $10.00 to our NEXT STEP project and we’ll send you a personalized production photo, signed by a PNB Company member choreographer.

Donate $25.00 to our NEXT STEP project and we’ll recognize your support by including your name on our acknowledgement placard, on display in McCaw Hall during the NEXT STEP performance on June 13, 2014.

Donate $50.00 to our NEXT STEP project  and we’ll invite you and a guest to observe a rehearsal of the piece your dollars are funding, held in the studios of the Phelps Center.

Donate $100.00 to our NEXT STEP project and we’ll invite you and a guest to the dress rehearsal of NEXT STEP held on June 12, 2014 in McCaw Hall.

Donate $250.00 to our NEXT STEP project and we’ll take you and a guest on a backstage tour of NEXT STEP sets and costumes on June 13, 2014.

Donate $500.00 to our NEXT STEP project and receive an invitation to a reception to meet Artistic Director, Peter Boal and PNB Company dancer choreographers to view previews of all five NEXT STEP pieces.

Benefits listed in any category include those at lower levels.