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Pacific Northwest Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal has announced plans for a new production of the classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty. A contemporary twist on this classic story, the vision for the work is grounded in a timeless, mythical Pacific Northwest​ place.

The Pacific Northwest Ballet staging will feature designs by some of the leading artists of our time, including​ Preston Singletary who will create his first theatrical scenic design, in collaboration with projection designs by Wendall K. Harrington.

Costumes are being designed by Paul Tazewell, Tony Award-winner for Hamilton (and PNB’s Swan Lake), and puppet master Basil Twist will provide additional magical elements. Lighting will be by PNB’s resident lighting designer Reed Nakayama.

“PNB’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty offers an exciting opportunity to present a timeless tale in a new light,” said Boal. “Our Beauty begins with a reexamining of original source materials. Notions of good versus evil, destiny and empowerment, and innovative interpretations of character and craft define this production. Northwest glass artist, Preston Singletary creates an ancestral realm anchored in North America."

Singletary notes that "When I think about this story it ties in with mysticism, magic and overcoming supernatural forces. It reminds me of Tlingit storytelling where symbolism and stagecraft come together to teach values to society".

The Sleeping Beauty World Premiere is scheduled for January 31st, 2025 as part of the company’s 2024-2025 season.

The Sleeping Beauty
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 66, 1889)
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Production Concept and Additional Choreography: Peter Boal
Staging: Doug Fullington
Scenic Design: Preston Singletary
Projection Design: Wendall K. Harrington
Costume Design: Paul Tazewell
Puppetry Design: Basil Twist
Lighting Design: Reed Nakayama
Associate Scenic Design: Charlene Hall

Image: Jovelle Tamayo. Courtesy of the American Craft Council Library and Archives.