PNB’s ‘Coppelia’ delights

  • By Jackson Holtz
  • Sunday, June 3, 2012 7:03pm
  • Life

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Coppelia” is a delightful, whimsical, airy production that aims to please, and succeeds.

The light story line, the wonderful sets and costumes, the magnificent second act, all combine to produce a pleasant, easy and very approachable story book ballet.

Friday night’s opening featured Jonanthan Porretta as a dashing Franz, Jeffrey Stanton as a very funny Dr. Coppelius and Kaori Nakamura stealing the night as a gorgeous Swanilda.

This is a reprisal of the 2010 production when Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno worked with PNB to create the masterful sets and delicious outfits. It’s a joy to see.

George Ballanchine choreographed this version of the classic story of a two lovers who explore the wonderful world of a strange inventor/toy maker. The boy falls in love with one of the man’s dolls, girl get jealous and all three meet inside the inventor’s workshop.

Despite a glass of drugged wine and a bit of tension, all ends well and the third act is an extended celebration of love and dance (if only real weddings resembled the storied world of the ballet?!).

Because the ballet is so simple, it’s perfect for young kids. Young dancers can aspire to join the cohort of children who provide a rich backdrop during the wedding celebrations.

Performance continue at 7:30 p.m. June 7, 8 and 9. Matinees are at 2 p.m. June 9 and 1 p.m. June 10.

Tickets cost $28 to $168 at www.pnb.org or 206-441-2424.

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