Pacific Northwest Ballet’s One Thousand Pieces @ McCaw Hall

Music and mythology 🌀

📸: Angela Sterling | Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in Alejandro Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces

📆 Friday, March 15th – Sunday, March 24th
📍 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall: 321 Mercer St, Seattle
💻 Streaming digitally Thursday, March 28th – Monday, April 1st

Who doesn’t love a premiere? Who doesn’t love second chances? Who doesn’t love a double feature? Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) brings all three to the stage with One Thousand Pieces. In March 2020, COVID-19 shut down the premiere, canceled two days before opening night. Four years later, the ballet inspired by the stained glass windows of artist Marc Chagall and choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo will finally open. 

Though based in Chicago, Cerrudo hails from Madrid—and became PNB’s first-ever resident choreographer, showcasing seven works during his three-year tenure. He’s been celebrated for choreographing dance that looks like music sounds and mixing songs through audio engineering. With abstract scene design set to the music of renowned composer Philip Glass, One Thousand Pieces aims to interpret the idea of many pieces coming together to form a larger one, the way that stained glass panels are a composite of many. The dancers, designers, choreographer, and music meld to form vibrant hues, letting light shine through movement. 

The show is double-billed with choreographer Matthew Neenan’s Bacchus, about the Greek god of wine and revelry, which debuted at PNB back in March 2019. PNB will also offer “Ballet Talks,” which are Q&As before and after performances on select nights. A tip: A limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets will be available each ThursdayTeenTix tickets are available to TeenTix participants as well. 

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.