Pacific Northwest Ballet’s box office is now open for its 49th season, and the company’s return to live performances, running from September 2021 to June 2022 at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. Highlights include full-evening programs devoted to the works of Alejandro Cerrudo and Twyla Tharp; PNB premieres by Alonzo King and Justin Peck and a world premiere by Robyn Mineko Williams; the triumphant return of classic story ballets Swan Lake and Roméo et Juliette; as well as works by Ulysses Dove, Jessica Lang, and Crystal Pite. (And, of course, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.) PNB will also continue to offer its digital subscription which was enthusiastically received by worldwide audiences in 2020-21. The digital season will not run day-and-date with the live performances. Full-season subscribers will have access to the digital season as part of their subscription.)
In tandem with previously announced safety precautions, PNB will be presenting shorter runs of its September and November rep programs, with admittance limited to subscribers, socially-distanced throughout the auditorium. Tickets are currently on sale for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® and the 2022 programs in the line-up. For further information, contact the PNB Box Office by phone at 206-441-2424, or online at The complete season (programming and schedule subject to change):

Rep 1 –
Onstage Sept. 24 – 26, 2021*
Digital Oct. 7 – 11
*No tickets will be sold for the onstage performances of this program: Admittance is limited to subscribers only.
The creative power of PNB’s Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo is on full display in this triple bill. Breathe in the moving tranquility of Silent Ghost, take a tantalizing look at spectacular teamwork in an excerpt from One Thousand Pieces, and journey through the unexpected twists and turns of Little mortal jump.
Silent Ghost
Music: Dustin Hamman, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm
Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo
One Thousand Pieces (Excerpt)
Music: Philip Glass
Choreography: Alejandro Cerrudo
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
Rep 2 –
Onstage Nov. 5 – 7, 2021*
Digital November 18 – 22
*No tickets will be sold for the onstage performances of this program: Admittance is limited to subscribers only.
Three voices of three internationally-acclaimed choreographers: the combination of Ulysses Dove’s mournful Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Jessica Lang’s haunting Ghost Variations, and the PNB premiere of Alonzo King’s The Personal Element promises unmatched emotion, expression, and musicality.
Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven
Music: Arvo Pärt
Choreography: Ulysses Dove
Ghost Variations
Music: Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann
Choreography: Jessica Lang
The Personal Element (PNB Premiere)
Music: Jason Moran
Choreography: Alonzo King

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®
Onstage Nov. 20 – Dec. 28, 2021 (NOTE: Not part of the 2021-2022 Subscription season.)
Digital Dates TBA
Celebrate the holidays with renewed gusto! With its classic score, thrilling dancing, resplendent costumes, and magical scenery, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is the perfect centerpiece for any holiday celebration. Cheers!
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Costume & Scenic Design: Ian Falconer

Rep 3 –
Roméo et Juliette
Onstage Feb. 4 – 13, 2022
Digital Feb. 17 – 21
Presented digitally during PNB’s 2020-2021 online-only season, but nothing compares to the in-person experience: Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette will sweep audiences to Verona through powerful choreography, Prokofiev’s rich score, the flush of first love, and the drama of Shakespeare’s classic story.
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot

Rep 4 –
Onstage March 18 – 27, 2022
Digital March 31 – April 4
Bold experimentation is the theme for this set of trailblazing pieces. PNB audiences will surely remember the power of Crystal Pite’s Plot Point from its 2017 engagement. The arresting complexity of Justin Peck’s The Times Are Racing and a world premiere by Robin Mineko Williams (The Trees The Trees) are sure to make a similar impression.
The Times Are Racing (PNB Premiere)
Music: Dan Deacon
Choreography: Justin Peck
World Premiere
Choreography: Robin Mineko Williams
Plot Point
Music: Bernard Herrmann, with additional soundtrack by Owen Belton
Choreography: Crystal Pite

Rep 5 –
Swan Lake
Onstage April 15 – 24, 2022
Digital April 28 – May 2
PNB’s return to the stage wouldn’t be complete without Swan Lake. Every element of this production is carefully crafted to keep the audience on the edge of their seat, from the masterful choreography, to the stunning sets and costumes, to the undeniably iconic score. And most captivating of all: the story at the ballet’s heart — a classic tale of good versus evil, temptation, tragedy, and love of the highest order.
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Staging: Francia Russell (after Petipa and Ivanov)

REP 6 –
Onstage June 3 – 12, 2022
Digital June 16 – 20
PNB’s final rep of the season is all about the legendary dancer, director, and choreographer Twyla Tharp. From the echo of her own Quaker roots in Sweet Fields, to the haunting Scottish clan in Brief Fling, to the all-out joy of New Orleans that runs through Waiting at the Station, Tharp draws inspiration from around the globe and yet her style remains quintessentially her own.
Brief Fling
Music: Michel Colombier and Percy Grainger
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Sweet Fields (PNB Premiere)
Music: 18th- and 19th-century American hymns and Shaker songs
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Waiting at the Station
Music: Allen Toussaint
Choreography: Twyla Tharp

Tickets and subscriptions are available now through the PNB Box Office:
Phone — 206-441-2424
Online —
Prices vary for single tickets to PNB season performances and The Nutcracker: Visit for details. Full-season subscriptions to the onstage performances of PNB’s 2021-22 season start at $190 for seats to all six programs. Four-show partial-season subscriptions, with seats to the February – June performances, start at $130.
Full-season subscriptions include access to six digital performances as well. Partial-season subscribers may purchase digital access for $150.
Subscriptions to the digital season are available for $249, and include a digital ticket to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
McCaw Hall capacity will follow health and safety mandates and may affect where patrons sit. For more information, contact the PNB Box Office.

In accordance with current local, state and federal guidelines, all PNB patrons will be required to provide proof of vaccination, a valid ticket to the performance, and photo ID upon entering McCaw Hall, and masks must be worn at all times except while eating or drinking. Patrons must be able to show proof that they are fully vaccinated at the time of their entry into the theatre. (“Fully vaccinated” is defined as at least 14 days passed since receiving either the second dose of FDA- or WHO-authorized double-dose vaccines or the sole dose of authorized single-dose vaccines. Originals, copies, or photographs on a mobile device are all acceptable forms of proof of vaccination.) Patrons unable to be vaccinated because of age, medical condition, or religious belief must provide results of either a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of their ticketed performance, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of their ticketed performance.
Safety precautions for performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and performances in 2022 will be announced soon and will continue to evolve over time in direct response to the pandemic. For more information, visit