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PNB’s Coppelia Runs June 1 – 10

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Pacific Northwest Ballet concludes its 2011-2012 Season with a beautiful production of Coppélia, George Balanchine’s classic comic ballet. Audiences and critics were captivated when the curtain rose on the PNB’s premiere of its exquisite, wisteria-hued production of George Balanchine’s Coppélia in June of 2010: “The audience actually gasped when the curtain went up” (Journal Newspapers).

The story, inseparable from Léo Delibes’ superbly melodic score, is a lighthearted comedy about vivacious young Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz, and the eccentric toymaker Dr. Coppelius. Though Franz loves Swanilda, he is swept away by Coppélia, a life-sized doll whom he believes is real. When Swanilda steals into Dr. Coppelius’ workshop and discovers the truth about Coppélia, she dresses up as her rival and amuses herself by tricking both toymaker and her lover. All ends well in the final act’s splendid wedding festivities, revised by Balanchine and enhanced by the addition of 24 “baby” ballerinas who frame ensemble and solo variations. Beautifully detailed by Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno’s lavish sets and costumes, this production is a complete delight for all ages.

As a special treat for families of young children, there will be crafts and dance classes one hour before all matinee performances. This event is FREE for ticketholders!

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Coppélia runs June 1-10. Showtimes are 7:30 pm June 1, 2 and 7-9, with 2:00pm matinees on Saturdays June 2 and 9, and a 1:00pm matinee on Sunday June 10.

Tickets start at $28/person, and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office. Call 206.441.2424 , visit the Box Office at 301 Mercer Street, Seattle or go online to http://www.pnb.org.

McCaw Hall is located at:
321 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.pnb.org

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