Apollo & Carmina Burana at Pacific Northwest Ballet

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 321 Mercer St Seattle WA 98109  See map

From Greek gods to 13th century monks, this blockbuster double-bill reaches through centuries to resonate with powerful impact. Apollo, George Balanchine's oldest surviving ballet, was his first international success as well as the start of his remarkable collaboration with Igor Stravinsky. The depiction of "a wild, half-human youth who acquires nobility through art" (Balanchine), Apollo is instructed by three Muses: Terpsichore, muse of dance and song; Polyhymnia, muse of mime; and Calliope, muse of poetry. Considered "worth every accolade ever bestowed upon it" (DanceView Times), Apollo "has acquired a mythical aura of its own" (New York Times).
Kent Stowell’s magnificent Carmina Burana, which has played to sold-out audiences since its 1993 premiere, realizes Carl Orff's vision of a theatrical masterpiece that would surmount all artistic boundaries. The famous cantata's poems about the fickleness of fortune, the joy of renewal, and the perils of sin come vividly to life in the shadow of Ming Cho Lee's colossal twenty-six-foot golden wheel as Stowell's evocative choreography, a 72-voice chorale, and live orchestra draw the audience into an exhilarating communal experience that is "unashamedly expressive" (Seattle Weekly).

Image: PNB principal dancer Carrie Imler in George Balanchine’s Apollo. Photo © Angela Sterling.


  • April 13-14 at 7:30 pm
  • April 14 at 2:00 pm
  • April 19-21 at 7:30 pm
  • April 21 at 2:00 pm
  • April 22 at 1:00 pm

Tickets range in price from $28 to $168 and may be purchased:

  • By calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424
  • In person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer St.
  • Online at www.pnb.org
  • 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall at 321 Mercer St.
  • Visit pnb.org for details on discounts!


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