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The Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, 4/11-19

The Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, 4/11-19

Pacific Northwest Ballet continues its 2013-2014 season with George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream. A complete delight for all ages, this full-length ballet is based on William Shakespeare's comedy about the romantic adventures, quarrels and reunions of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. Balanchine's Midsummer, which New York City Ballet premiered in 1962, was the first original evening-length ballet he choreographed in America. Staged by PNB Founding Artistic Director Francia Russell, PNB's production is an enchanted landscape where misunderstandings and mayhem weave tangled paths through the opulent layers of Martin Pakledinaz's designs and Balanchine's marvelously crafted partnerings. All ends well in Act II's wedding festivities with the recognition of ideal love, tenderly portrayed in an exquisite pas de deux. A Midsummer Night's Dream plays for eight performances only, April 11-19 at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center Tickets start at $28 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.

"As a child, I remember sitting in the New York City Ballet's audience as George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream cast its spell," said Artistic Director Peter Boal. "PNB's production, staged with care and texture by Francia Russell, is unique. Other productions use Balanchine's choreography and the enchanting score by Felix Mendelssohn, but only PNB's production boasts the whimsy and spectacle of set and costume designs by Martin Pakledinaz. A fantastic frog and looming spider balance bulbous mushrooms and august roses. The senses are satiated with scale and color. PNB's signature production with its winning combination of Francia's staging, Marty's designs and our amazing dancers - not to mention Balanchine, Mendelssohn, and William Shakespeare - promises to once again enchant audiences of all ages."

PNB's newly-designed production premiered in 1997 and toured to great acclaim at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1998. In 1999, PNB toured Midsummer to England, where the production was performed and filmed by the BBC in high-definition before a live audience at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre. The DVD is available through PNB's gift shop at McCaw Hall and online at PNB.org/GiftShop

Tickets ($28 to $174 in advance) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Phone: 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am-6pm; Sat. 10am-5pm)
  • In person: 301 Mercer St. (Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. 10am-5pm)
  • Online: PNB.org (24/7)

Subject to availability, tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street.

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 contact form at PNB.org/Season/GroupTickets

$15 TICKETS FOR AGE 25 & UNDER

Thursday and Friday performances: April 11, 17 and 18 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 April 11, 17 and 18 performances only. Offer is subject to availability and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid I.D. upon ticket retrieval.

PNB is a proud participant of Teen Tix! As active members of Teen Tix, young people 13 to 19 years old can purchase tickets to PNB performances and other music, dance, theater and arts events for only $5. Tojoin Teen Tix or view a list of participating organizations, visit TeenTix.org

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SPECIAL SEMINAR: A "Midsummer Night's Dream" for the Pacific Northwest
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 3:00 pm
The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street
PNB's 1997 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was the first re-design of a full-length Balanchine ballet authorized by the George Balanchine Trust. Designed by Martin Pakledinaz and inspired by Northwest flora and fauna, the production became a calling card for PNB, which toured it to Edinburgh, Istanbul, and Hong Kong, as well as London, where it was filmed by the BBC in 1998. Hear from the artists involved in building PNB's Midsummer, view a display of costumes, scenic designs and models, and watch excerpts from the award-winning DVD. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.

BALLET PREVIEW - FREE
Tuesday, April 8, 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 10 2014
6:00 pm Lecture, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
7:00 pm Dress Rehearsal, McCaw Hall
Join Artistic Director Peter Boal and a panel of artists during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal to discuss PNB's version of George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream and its unique place in the Company's history. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets ($12 for the lecture, or $30 for the lecture and dress rehearsal) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.

FUN FOR FAMILIES

Special activities for children and families - including crafts and dance classes - begin one hour before all matinee performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream. FREE for ticket holders.

LISTEN TO THE BALLET!
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:30 pm

PNB partners with 98.1 Classical KING FM to bring listeners some of the world's greatest ballet scores, featuring the mighty Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra direct from McCaw Hall. Tune in on Saturday night, April 12, for a live broadcast of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Only on 98.1 fm or online at king.org/listen

2014 BACKSTAGE BASH: MIDSUMMER MISCHEIF

Friday, April 18, 2014, 10:00 pm (following the performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream)
When the curtain goes down, the party gets started! Join hundreds of fans backstage at McCaw Hall for some Midsummer Mischief on Friday, April 18! Mix and mingle with Company dancers while enjoying drinks, delicious eats, and an onstage dance party. Tickets ($25 in advance and $30 at the door) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office. (Ages 21+ only; performance tickets sold separately).

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 all performances. FREE for ticketholders.

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