Photo: Price Suddarth
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Photo: Price Suddarth
"Suddarth's work is not even close to an attempt to replicate the experience of watching dance in a theater. He has embraced the current normal and created an entirely fresh way for balletomanes the world over to be a virtual audience. Bravo! My hope is that when the pandemic is over, the positive innovations such as this one that the exigencies COVID-19 created will not disappear." Sondra Forsyth, Broadway World.
"People were blown away. For such a young choreographer to craft such a powerful work is a rare and exciting thing. In contrast to the fragile, pink-swathed ballerina stereotype, the women in this piece were fierce—clad in navy blue leotards and pointe shoes with no tights that showed off their toned legs—and highlighted the strength and athleticism of ballet. The men were impressive as well, but the women really stood out. Powerful kicks, perfectly synchronized ensemble work, skilled technical executions and creative lifts added up to some of the most passionate dance I’ve seen this year." City Arts Magazine, Seattle
"Suddarth’s breathtakingly beautiful duet received a well-deserved standing ovation... He used the repeating strains to develop the pair’s movements, balancing moments of intimacy, contact and control with delicate exchanges between the dancers where contact is refused or playfully avoided. —truly a beautiful work from an exceptionally promising young artist." T.S Flock, Seattle Arts News
"The real belle of the ball here is PNB soloist and choreographer Price Suddarth's Signature, a piece that seemed to take the dramatic landscape of the Pacific Northwest and transform it into an impressive contemporary ballet" - Rick Smith, The Stranger
"More compelling is Signature, …The dance, framed by low-hung beams of light, is the kind you get lost in. What remains: a gorgeous image of two pairs of dancers whirling, as if figures dangling from a string; a flurry of windmilling arms; an intriguing study of how two dancers can perform the same moves and yet seem utterly different; and a desire to see more of Suddarth’s work — soon." - Moira MacDonald, The Seattle Times
"Suddarth’s Signature set a dark tone… shows promise as a choreographer interested in investigating ballet vocabulary, especially in the realm of partnering. Overall, Signature is a very physical piece whose choreography reached through the body and traveled the stage, but moments of stillness and smaller movements provided a welcome balance...Suddarth’s approach...more explicitly explored the shifting relationships between dancers. The fifteen person cast felt connected as one organism." Anna Waller, Seattle Dances
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Price Suddarth is an American Choreographer/Dancer currently based in Seattle, Washington. Price began his dance education with the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble (2005-2007), followed by the School of American Ballet (2007-2009) in New York City, and later on scholarship with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School (2009-2010) where, upon graduation, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet.
In 2018 Price was promoted to the rank of Soloist with the company. In 2011, Price was nominated for a Princess Grace Award in dance, and in 2012, he was chosen as one of Dance Magazines Top 25 to watch.
Since joining Pacific Northwest Ballet, Price has originated leading roles in works by choreographers Marco Goecke, Victor Quijada, and Twyla Tharp. Additionally, he has performed featured and leading roles in works by William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Annabelle Lopez
Ochoa, Alejandro Cerrudo, Justin Peck, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Kent Stowell and George Balanchine.
Price's choreographic career began at the School of American Ballet's student choreographic workshop in 2007. From there he has created works for regional companies in various parts of the United States, including In June 2016, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet premiere of limit[LESS].
He has also participated in Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Next Step performances [formerly the Choreographers Showcase]. In 2012, Price was commissioned to create a ballet for the PNB School'ss Annual School Performance. He has also been invited to present his works at the 2012 Regional Dance America Gala, the 2014 Chop Shop: Bodies Of Work Contemporary Dance Festival, the 2015 Seattle International Dance Festival, as well as various showings at Seattle'sMarion Oliver McCaw Hall.
In November 2015, Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) premiered Price's Signature, his first original mainstage work for the company which was revived in 2019. In 2016 , Price was invited to take part in the autumn session of the New York Choreographic Institute where he created Holding Pattern.
In 2016, he created one of the first works made solely for Virtual Reality through a partnership between PNB and pioneering VR software company PIXVANA. The VR film, Silent Resonance was featured at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and noted as one
of YouTube’s top videos of 2017. In August 2017, Price created a site specific work with the dancers of Seattle's TheYC for PNB and The Seattle Art Museum's sculptured dance.
Price has also created works for Kansas City Ballet, White Noise (2019). and First Light for Tulsa Ballet (2019). His recent piece for the University of Oklahoma's School of Dance, Once Upon a Dream premiered online in November 2020.
More recently, Price has created dance for the screen for Kansas City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet as well as new duet for Ballet Sun Valley in Summer 2021.
In February, 2022, Price was awarded the Genesis Prize by the judges at Milwaukee Ballet's Genesis competition for his creation of Aftermath.