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PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET PRESENTS A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

 

February 7, 2011



April 8-17, 2011

Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center

Seattle, WA 98109

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

Choreography: George Balanchine

© The George Balanchine Trust

Staging: Francia Russell

Scenic and Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz

Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

Premiere: January 17, 1962; New York City Ballet

PNB Premiere: May 16, 1985; new production: May 27, 1997

SEATTLE, WA – A garden of delight for the eyes and ears, George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to the McCaw Hall stage as the fifth offering of PNB’s 2010-2011 season. Staged by PNB Founding Artistic Director Francia Russell, with every step, movement and gesture as Balanchine intended, this freshly-designed Midsummer, which PNB premiered in May 1997, brings the choreographer’s dramatic ideas to life scenically as never before. PNB has performed its production of Midsummer to great acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1998 and at Sadler’s Wells Theater in London in 1999, where the production was filmed by the BBC and subsequently released on DVD. A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from April 8 through 17 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $27 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street, or online at http://www.pnb.org.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets ($27-$165) 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: pnb.org (24/7)

Tickets are also available (subject to availability) 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street.

DISCOUNT OFFERS & SPECIAL EVENTS

STUDENT AND SENIOR RUSH TICKETS

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

$15 TICKETS FOR AGE 25 & UNDER

Thursday and Friday performances: April 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm

One ticket for $15 and 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 April 8, 14 and 15 performances only. Offer is subject to availability and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid I.D. 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 Seattle Center’s Teen Tix webpage at seattlecenter.com/teentix.

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. (PNB’s Online Group Builder is available for audience members to gather friends, family and co-workers to see any performance and save.)

FRIDAY PREVIEWS

Friday, April 1, 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 performing excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 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 February 7 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at pnb.org, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street. Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.

CONVERSATIONS WITH PNB — FREE

Sunday, April 3, 2:00

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle

PNB's Sunday afternoon series features an hour-long discussion about A Midsummer Night’s Dream with principal dancer Carrie Imler, soloist Benjamin Griffiths, and corps de ballet dancer Kiyon Gaines in the casual atmosphere of the Elliott Bay reading room. All Conversations with PNB are FREE of charge.

BALLET PREVIEW — FREE

Tuesday, April 5, 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 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.

PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL

Thursday, April 7, 2011

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

Dress Rehearsal 7:00 pm, McCaw Hall

During the hour preceding the dress rehearsal Marjorie Thompson and Bruce Wells, former dancers with New York City Ballet and current PNB School faculty, will discuss working with Balanchine and their experiences with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets are $12 for the lecture, or $25 for the lecture and dress rehearsal. Tickets may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at pnb.org or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer St.

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

Skip the post-show traffic and enjoy a post-performance Q&A with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers. Immediately following each performance in the Norcliffe Room at McCaw Hall. FREE for ticketholders.

LISTEN TO THE BALLET!

PNB partners with 98.1 Classical KING FM to bring listeners some of the world’s most popular ballet scores, featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra direct from McCaw Hall. Tune in to KING FM for an opening weekend performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm. Only on 98.1 fm or online at king.org/listen

 

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