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Pacific Northwest Ballet One Thousand Pieces

Pacific Northwest Ballet: One Thousand Pieces

Visit the ballet performance calendar to view dates of all showings of this program.

Choreographer: Matthew Neenan
Choreographer: Alejandro Cerrudo

Pacific Northwest Ballet
◆ October 9, 2021 – Pacific Northwest Ballet Review: Singularly Cerrudo Makes a Splash

Four years after Alejandro Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces made it to the Pacific Northwest Ballet dress rehearsal stage, the work will finally see its live Seattle premiere later this month at McCaw Hall.

Although viewable as an excerpt during the company’s digital season offered during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first time the company will perform One Thousand Pieces in its entirety, as it was intended.

Inspired by Marc Chagall’s America Window and set music by Philip Glass, Cerrudo explains the reasoning behind the titling for his work:

“Literally because of the symbolism of the work, observing how each piece of glass combines to make a whole larger piece made from many individual pieces, the same way human beings come together to create a project. The windows have inspired my choreography, but I’m not intending to teach anyone about this artwork. Instead, it’s my personal interpretation.

The set designer, the music, and the dancers have all inspired me. I’m not trying to tell a story or represent the art. The scenic design is quite abstract, yet I hope everyone will be immersed in the images that will appear and connect them to the windows.”

Rounding out the double bill is Bacchus, a ballet created by Matthew Neenan for Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2019. Inspired by Oliver Davis’ music, the ballet “embodies the nature of the Roman god of wine, merriment, and abundance.”

Before and after each performance, audience members are welcome to a Ballet Talk hosted by dance historia Doug Fullington and a Meet the Artist session with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers, respectively.

One Thousand Pieces and Bacchus will also stream digitally from March 28 – April 1.

Featured Photo of Christopher D’Ariano and Leah Terada in Alejandro Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces. Photo © Angela Sterling.



Mar 15 - 24, 2024


McCaw Hall
321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109, United States


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