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Sayonara, Sendak

Pacific Northwest Ballet this week announced plans to say a fond farewell to its unique and beloved production of "The Nutcracker."

For the past 31 years, PNB has staged the same production of this holiday ballet classic, pairing Tchaikovsky's popular music with sets designed by Maurice Sendak, illustrator of "Where the Wild Things Are," and choroegraphy by Kent Stowell, PNB's former artistic director.

But come 2015, PNB says, it will present a more classic version of the ballet, with choreography by George Balanchine and brand new sets designed by Ian Falconer, author of the well-known "Olivia" children's book series.

The 2014 production, then, will serve as a "bon voyage" to the stage show Pacific Northwest audiences have grown to love.

The news came in a press release with PNB's 2014-15 season announcement. The ballet's 42nd season will include the return of an audience favorite, Balanchine's "Jewels," PNB premieres of ballets by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and William Forsythe, and a world premiere by Justin Peck. The lineup also includes Alexei Ratmansky's "Don Quixote," Jean-Christophe Maillot's "Romeo et Juliette," and "Carmina Burana." 
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