August 15, 2009
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Choreographed by an artistic genius, George Balanchine, Shakespeare's comedy of magic and love's delusions set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn is a guaranteed audience pleaser. The Pacific Northwest Ballet displays all the vitality, brilliance and versatility of its wonderful dancers in this award–winning production of Balanchine’s first original full-length ballet. The characters from Shakespeare's much-loved comedy are as enchanting as ever: the haughty, unattainable Titania (Patricia Baker), mysterious Oberon (Paul Gibson), chaotic mischief-maker Puck (Seth Belliston), charming buffoon Bottom (Timothy Lynch). Balanchine brings the essence of the ‘Dream’ to life and creates his own pure dance magic as he and Shakespeare intertwine to bring the story to its own whimsical climax. A highlight is a breathtaking pas de deux danced with exquisite beauty by two dancers of whom most audiences may never have heard, Louise Nadeau and Olivier Wevers.