Pacific Northwest Ballet presents George Balanchine’s Coppelia

March 25, 2012

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She’s back!  Pacific Northwest Ballet presents George Balanchine’s Coppelia

                    

Music: Léo Delibes

Book: Charles Nuitter, after E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Der Sandmann, 1815

Choreography: Alexandra Danilova and George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust (after Petipa)

Staging: Judith Fugate and Garielle Whittle

Scenic and Costume Design: Roberta Guidi di Bagno

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

 

June 1-10, 2012

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

 

SEATTLE, WA – Audiences were captivated when the curtain rose on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s premiere of its exquisite, wisteria-hued production of Coppélia in June of 2010. Originally created in 1870, George Balanchine and famous ballerina Alexandra Danilova drew on source material and memory for 1974’s New York City Ballet version. 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 the 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.

 

Coppélia runs for eight performances only, from June 1 through 10 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street, or online at pnb.org.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

FRIDAY PREVIEWS

Friday, May 18, 6:00 pm

The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle

Join us for an hour-long dance preview led by Artistic Director Peter Boal and featuring PNB dancers rehearsing excerpts from Coppélia. PNB Friday Previews offer an upbeat and up-close view of the Company preparing to put dance on stage. Tickets, $10 each, go on sale March 26. (These events often sell out in advance.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.

 

BALLET PREVIEW — FREE

Tuesday, May 29, 12:00 noon

Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

Join PNB for a free lunch-hour preview lecture at the Central Seattle Public Library. Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about Coppélia, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.

 

LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lecture 6:00 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Dress Rehearsal 7:00 pm, McCaw Hall

Join PNB artistic staff for an engaging discussion during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. Attend the lecture only or stay for the rehearsal. Tickets are $12 for the lecture, or $30 for the lecture and dress rehearsal. Tickets may be purchased by calling 206.441.2424, online at pnb.org or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street.

 

Pre-Performance Lectures

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Join Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington for a 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design and the process of bringing ballet to the stage.  One hour before performances. FREE for ticketholders.

 

Post-Performance Q&A

Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Skip the post-show traffic and enjoy a Q&A with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers, immediately following each performance. FREE for ticketholders.

 

Listen to the Ballet!

Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 pm

PNB partners with 98.1 Classical KING FM to bring listeners some of the world’s most popular ballet scores, featuring the mighty Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra performing live, direct from McCaw Hall. Tune in to KING FM to listen to the live performance of Coppélia on Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 pm. Only on 98.1 fm or online.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

 

Tickets ($28-$168) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Phone – 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • In Person – 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • Online (24/7)

Subject to availability, tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall.

 

DISCOUNT OFFERS

 

$15 TICKETS FOR AGE 25 & UNDER

All Thursday and Friday performances: June 1, 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm

One ticket for $15 or two for $25 for patrons 25 years and younger! To purchase tickets, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424 or visit 301 Mercer Street. This offer is good for June 1, 7 and 8 performances only. Offer is subject to availability and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid ID upon ticket retrieval.

 

TEEN TIX

PNB is a proud participant of Seattle Center’s Teen Tix program. Young people 13 to 19 years old can purchase tickets to PNB performances and other music, dance, theater and arts events for only $5. To join Teen Tix or view a list of participating organizations, visit seattlecenter.com/teentix.

 

STUDENT AND SENIOR RUSH TICKETS

Subject to availability, half-price rush tickets for students and senior citizens (65+) may be purchased in-person with ID, beginning 90 minutes prior to show time at the McCaw Hall box office.

 

GROUP SALES

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For group tickets, please call 206.441.2416, email juliej@pnb.org or use PNB’s Online Group Builder at pnb.org.

 

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Principal support for the 2010 PNB premiere of George Balanchine’s Coppélia was provided by Glenn Kawasaki, Dan & Pam Baty, Brady Richardson, Maurice Kanbar, Mrs. Jeannik Méquet Littlefield and Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation.  Media sponsor is KOMO 4.

 

PNB’s 2011-2012 Season is proudly sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. Additional season support is provided by Artsfund, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture – King County Lodging Tax and Washington State Arts Commission.

Schedule and programming subject to change.

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