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Posted by Ballet News | Sep 24, 2022 | Press Releases

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to promote three dancers in our company this evening.” Following the curtain-raiser performance of George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante on opening night of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 50th Anniversary season, PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal announced to the audience that soloists James Kirby Rogers, Jonathan Batista, and Cecilia Iliesiu have been promoted to Principal dancers.

Each promoted dancer is currently featured in CARMINA BURANA, running through October 2. (Streaming digitally October 6 – 10.) For casting information, visit

Mr. Boal then brought Jonathan Batista to the stage. “Jonathan Batista, originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was informed of the merits of Pacific Northwest Ballet by former Principal dancer, Karel Cruz. Jonathan joined us as a soloist only one year ago. His exuberance forcontemporary and classical dance is evidenced every time he steps on stage. His joy of movement and commitment to character has audiences cheering and online fans fawning. At home in the works of Alejandro Cerrudo, Twyla Tharp, Ulysses Dove, and George Balanchine, Jonathan holds a passion for the new, and a desire to explore the unknown. His wonderfully matched partnership with Angelica Generosa offers both bond and bravura. Beyond the stage, Jonathan is devoted to funding and inspiring young dancers in his native Brazil and worldwide. Let us applaud Jonathan on his well-deserved promotion to Principal dancer.”

Pacific Northwest Ballet launches its 50th “golden” anniversary season with the return of PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana. The energy, spectacle, and exuberance of the PNB fan favorite is complemented on this triple-bill by Balanchine’s thrillingAllegro Brillante; and Wartime Elegy, a world premiere by Alexei Ratmansky. CARMINA BURANA runs September 23 through October 2 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. The program will also stream digitally from October 6 through 10. For tickets and additional information, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at 301 Mercer Street, or online 24/7 at

Posted by Ballet News | Sep 24, 2022 |

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