It’s an important moment in his work as a choreographer, and Kyle Davis has gone big.

This Friday, Davis, a soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet, will premiere his first commissioned work for the entire company.

He joined PNB in 2008, and was promoted to soloist in 2016. Since 2012, he’s been choreographing for Next Step, PNB’s annual choreographers’ showcase. In summer 2017, he was a choreographer in residence at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

Davis’ new work, “A Dark and Lonely Space,” is a 42-minute exploration of a space-age concept: the anthropomorphization of the birth of a planetary system. In other words, if the beginning of a planetary system took human form, what would it look like and what would it reveal about human behavior? Observing a recent rehearsal, I learned that these questions and ideas become very relatable and familiar in Davis’ hands and as executed by 24 dancers.

Davis was fortunate in getting his first choice of a composer, Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino, to provide a symphonic score for his ballet. Giacchino is known primarily for his animated-movie scores (“Coco,” “The Incredibles,” “Up”), though he also composes for television and video games. The score for “A Dark and Lonely Space” is a revised film soundtrack that he made for “Jupiter Ascending.”

Q: How long have you been working on the piece – from idea until now?

Davis: When the ballet premieres, it will be two years from when we got in touch with Michael Giacchino, and he came back with some music. Peter [Boal, PNB artistic director] had asked me what I wanted to choreograph to, and I responded, ‘Can I have anything I want?’ He said that we can ask, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to get it. Michael has, for a really long time, been my favorite current composer. I love the films that’s he’s worked on and the way he uses the full orchestra. So, I said, ‘I want to work with Michael Giacchino.’

It turned out that Emil de Cou, our music director, knows him. There was a connection. Emil got in contact with Michael, and the response was so immediate. He came back with this symphony that hasn’t been performed live. It will have its live-performance premiere here. I heard the symphony for the first time and saw movement immediately.

Q: Will there be vocalists?

Davis: Yes — full orchestra, a solo soprano on stage and 60-member chorus in the house. We’re still figuring out the logistics of where they’ll be. It’s big: there’s a lot going on, a lot of dancers, a lot of musicians. I really wanted to have a large project.

Q: How did you choose your design team?

Davis: Elizabeth Murphy, one of our principal dancers, is doing the costume design, and Reed Nakayama, part of the production crew at PNB, is the scenic and lighting designer. Liz, Reed and I have worked together on a number of projects — different works that I’ve done for Next Step. We have a history, so I really wanted to keep that going.

Q: What made you decide to use a large cast? You said you wanted a large production. What did that mean to you?

Davis: To me, the two most exciting things about watching dance are a pas de deux, where there’s a clear connection between two people, and the other is a large group doing the same thing. I love going to the symphony and watching the strings — watching all the bows move in the same direction at the same time. It’s really mesmerizing. That’s one of the reasons “Swan Lake” is so exciting: to see that many people move in the same way at the same time.

The base concept of the piece is the anthropomorphization of the birth of a planetary system. So, I couldn’t say that this role was specifically for women or that one, for men. How do you put gender on a planet? So, there are roles in the ballet with alternating casts that are danced by both men and women.

Q: Are you a sci-fi fan?

Davis: Yeah, I grew up on it. I grew up watching “Star Trek.” The idea of going to space seems so phenomenal. Terrifying, but phenomenal.

The stars will come out, and “A Dark and Lonely Space” will open Nov. 2 and run through Nov. 11 at Pacific Northwest Ballet, 301 Mercer St. The two other works joining Davis’ on PNB’s All Premiere program are Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Silent Ghost.” Tickets available at