Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancers Carrie Imler and Batkhurel Bold Announce Retirements

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Their two decades of dance will be honored at Season Encore Performance, June 11, 2017.

Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal, with principal dancers Carrie Imler and Batkhurel Bold, has announced that Ms. Imler and Mr. Bold will retire at the end of the 2016/2017 season. Their acclaimed careers will be celebrated at PNB’s Season Encore Performance on Sunday, June 11, 2017. (Tickets go on sale to the public in March 2017.)

“Both Carrie and Bold have been such central parts of PNB, it’s hard to imagine the Company after their retirements,” said Mr. Boal in his announcement. “Tens of thousands of us have applauded their work and a smaller number has treasured every moment working alongside these two over the past two decades. Their contributions to the Company are beyond measure and they will be missed.”

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Carrie Imler
 is from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She trained on scholarship at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School and attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1995 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 1996, soloist in 2000, and principal in 2002.

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In announcing her retirement, Ms. Imler said, “As a little girl I remember turning to my mother, after watching PNB at the Kennedy Center, and telling her that I was going to dance in Seattle when I grew up. For the past 22 years, I have had the distinct pleasure and honor of dancing for Seattle audiences. From Balanchine to Forsythe and Quijada to Gaines, I have had a career beyond anything that little girl could have ever imagined. [PNB Founding Artistic Directors] Kent Stowell and Francia Russell hired an eager ballerina, nurturing and refining me. Peter has opened my eyes to several new choreographers and ballets. Without each of them, I would not have had such an incredible and unbelievably satisfying career.”

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“To describe Carrie Imler’s dancing requires a long list of superlatives,” said Mr. Boal. “Carrie is an absolute master of technique and musicality. She is a dancer’s dancer, understanding choreography and musicality innately. Add to this an impeccable work ethic and you have a remarkable ballerina. There is no challenge Carrie can’t meet and for this reason, she has fascinated choreographers like William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky, and Twyla Tharp. Equally at home in the contemporary and classical, Carrie has danced in over 100 leading roles with PNB over the past 22 years. That’s a lot of fouettes! As Carrie steps gracefully from the stage at the conclusion of this season, we thank her for leaving us with so many treasured memories and a profound legacy.”

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Batkhurel Bold is from Ulan Bator, Mongolia. He trained at the Perm Choreographic Academy in Russia. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 1996 and was promoted to soloist in 1999 and principal in 2004.

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“Early on, Bold earned the nickname ‘Air Bold’ because of his gravity defying leaps, and the name still fits,” said Mr. Boal. “A technical powerhouse, a consummate partner, a dramatic stage presence, Bold has been a true mainstay of this Company. Though he’s played every leading male role in the book and excelled in each, I won’t forget his dramatic performances in Nacho Duato’s Rassemblement. Here we saw the tenderness that is such an integral part of this man. Offstage and on, Bold cares deeply for those around him; from his current partner to the newest member of the Company, he’s a prince to all.”

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In a statement, Mr. Bold added, “Dreams do come true. Thanks to the amazing generosity of Kent Stowell, Francia Russell, Peter Boal and every single person both past and present at Pacific Northwest Ballet. I am truly blessed, humbled and forever grateful.”

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ARTIST BIOS


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Carrie Imler has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s ApolloBallet ImperialBrahms-Schoenberg QuartetChaconneConcerto Barocco,CoppéliaDiamondsDivertimento No. 15The Four TemperamentsA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania, Hippolyta), The Nutcracker®, RubiesSerenadeSquare DanceStars and StripesSymphony in CSymphony in Three MovementsTchaikovsky Pas de DeuxTheme and VariationsStravinsky Violin ConcertoLa Valse, Western Symphony, and Who Cares?; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Myrtha); Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge, LambarenaThe Seasons, and Torque; Alejandro Cerrudo’s Memory Glow; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels and Vespers; Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat and Rassemblement; William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, New Suite, One Flat Thing, reproduced and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow (Hanna) and The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Lilac Fairy, Gold and Silver pas de trois); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten LandPetite Mort, and Sechs Tänze (Six Dances); Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette (Lady Capulet, Nurse); Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries; Mark Morris’ A Garden and Pacific; Kevin O’Day’s Aract; Kirk Peterson’s Amazed in Burning Dreams; Marius Petipa’s Le Corsaire Pas de TroisDon Quixote (Kitri), and Paquita; Crystal Pite’s Emergence; Victor Quijada’s Suspension of Disbelief; Alexei Ratmanksy’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote (Kitri, Mercedes); Jerome Robbins’ The ConcertDances at a Gathering, and In the Night; Kent Stowell’s CarmenCarmina BuranaCinderella (Cinderella, Fairy Godmother), Coppélia (Dance of the Hours, Dawn, Discord and War), Delicate BalanceDumbarton OaksFirebirdHail to the Conquering Hero, Kammergarten TänzeNutcracker (Clara, Flora), Poème St. SaënsQuaternarySilver LiningSwan Lake(Odette/Odile, Queen Mother), and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Juliet, Lady Capulet); Richard Tanner’s Ancient Airs and Dances; Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Mercury; Paul Taylor’s Roses; Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper RoomNine Sinatra Songs, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; Rudi van Dantzig’s Ginastera; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Variations Sérieuses (Ballerina). Ms. Imler has originated leading roles in Andrew Bartee’s arms that work, Kiyon Gaines’ M-Pulse and Sum Stravinsky, Nicolo Fonte’s Almost Tango, Morris’ Kammermusik No. 3, Quijada’s Mating Theory, Christopher Stowell’s Zaïs, Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less, Tharp’s Opus 111 and Waiting at the Station, and Olivier Wevers’ Shindig.
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Ms. Imler danced in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. She was also featured in Children with a Dream, a PBS documentary about Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

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Batkhurel Bold has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, ApolloBallet ImperialBrahms-Schoenberg QuartetConcerto Barocco, Coppélia (Discord and War), DiamondsThe Four TemperamentsA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania’s Cavalier, Theseus, Divertissement pas de deux), The Nutcracker®, SerenadeStars and StripesSymphony in CSymphony in Three MovementsTchaikovsky Pas de DeuxTheme and Variations, and La Valse; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Albrecht, Hilarion); Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena and The Seasons; Donald Byrd’s Subtext Rage; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of HeavenRed Angels, and Serious Pleasures; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin; Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat and Rassemblement; Nicolo Fonte’s Almost Tango; William Forsythe’s Artifact IIIn the middle, somewhat elevated, and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow and The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land and Petite Mort; Edwaard Liang’s Für Alina; José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette (Tybalt); Peter Martins’ Fearful Symmetries; Mark Morris’ Pacific; David Parsons’ Caught; Toni Pimble’s Two’s Company; Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote and Paquita; Crystal Pite’s Emergence; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and Don Quixote(Basilio, Espada); Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a GatheringGlass Pieces, In the Night, and West Side Story Suite (Bernardo); Kent Stowell’s CarmenCarmina BuranaCinderella (Prince), Dumbarton OaksDuo FantasyFirebirdKammergarten TänzeNutcracker (Prince), Orpheus PortraitQuaternaryThe Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt), Silver LiningSwan Lake (Prince Siegfried), and Zirkus Weill; Price Suddarth’s Signature; Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring and Voluntaries; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper RoomNine Sinatra Songs, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; and Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux and Polyphonia.

Mr. Bold has originated leading roles in Kiyon Gaines’ Interrupted Pri’si’zhen and Sum Stravinsky; Benjamin Millepied’s 3 Movements; Twyla Tharp’s Opus 111; Olivier Wevers’ Shindig; Christopher Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic. Mr. Bold performed the role of Theseus in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. In 2007, Mr. Bold performed in the worldwide company debut performance of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. He also has performed as a guest artist on the Vail International Dance Festival’s “International Evenings of Dance” galas.

TICKET INFORMATION

Ms. Imler and Mr. Bold are scheduled to dance in several more performances, including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, before the end of PNB’s 2016/2017 season. The Nutcracker runs now through December 28.

Carrie is scheduled to perform The Nutcracker in the following performances: Sunday, December 11 at 5:30 (Sugar Plum Fairy), Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 (Sugar Plum Fairy), Wednesday, December 21 at 7:30 (Dewdrop). Bold is scheduled to perform The Nutcracker at the following performance: Thursday, December 22 at 7:30 (Cavalier). Casting subject to change.

PNB’s Season Encore Performance will be presented one night only, Sunday, June 11 at 6:30 pm. The performance will include a special tribute to Carrie Imler and Batkhurel Bold. Tickets to the Season Encore Performance will go on sale to subscribers in early 2017, and the general public in March 2017.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at 301 Mercer Street, or online at PNB.org. Programming and casting are subject to change. For further information, please visit PNB.org.