"In a forest near Snoqualmie, there is ballet and magic!" (Dance Magazine)
A garden of delight for the eyes and ears, Pacific Northwest Ballet presents A Midsummer Night's Dream, George Balanchine's charming rendition of William Shakespeare's great comedy. Illusion, deception, and jealousy each play roles in the romantic confusion between the King and Queen of the fairies and two pairs of mortal lovers who wander into their enchanted realm, set deep in Tony-award-winning designer Martin Pakledinaz's opulent forest. All is eventually—and humorously—resolved by Act II's splendid wedding celebration, crowned with Balanchine's magnificent Divertissement pas de deux, which endures as one of his most beautiful creations. Featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra performing Mendelssohn's glorious score.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream, April 8–17, McCaw Hall
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Backstage Bash: Midsummer Mischief: Friday, April 15, 10:00 pm. Join Backstage Pass and Pacific Place for Seattle's hottest afterparty—Backstage Bash! Taking place immediately after PNB's A Midsummer Night's Dream, join us for tasty treats, delicious drinks, and the chance to groove backstage with PNB Company dancers.
Children's Dress-Up Matinees: Wear your favorite costume and arrive early to enjoy free crafts, drop-in dance classes, and special surprises beginning 1 hour before matinee performances.
Under 25 Thursday and Fridays: 1 ticket for $15, 2 for $25 for ages 25 and under. April 8, 14, & 15, 7:30 pm
Conversations with PNB, April 3, 2:00 pm. Free hour-long discussion with PNB dancers Carrie Imler, Benjamin Griffiths, and Kiyon Gaines, Elliott Bay Book Company.
Ballet Preview, April 5, 12:00 pm. Free lunchtime preview lecture complete with video excerpts at the Central Seattle Public Library.
Lecture Series, April 7, 6:00 pm. Join Marjorie Thompson and Bruce Wells during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal at 7:00 pm.