FEBRUARY 17, 1997

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PNB spins sugar with 'Coppélia' production

Julie Tobiason

Julie Tobiason stars in the PNB production of Coppélia.
Photo by Ben Kerns.

Coppelia by Deborah Stone
Pacific Northwest Ballet's Coppélia is a melt-in-your mouth treat for all ages. The ballet, choreographed by Kent Stowell, is a 19th-century French classic set to the whimsical music of Leo Delibes.
   Both young and old will find the story comical and charming, a mixture of fantasy and folklore. This lighthearted ballet tells the tale of a young man, Franz, who falls in love with a doll whom he believes is alive, and his fiancée, Swanilda, who mischievously plots to win him back.
   The PNB dancers perform Coppélia with joy and humor. The entire ensemble of dancers moves well together and performs at the high level of excellence, both technically and artistically, that we are accustomed to expect from PNB.
   The 1996-97 season repertoire continues with a world premiere of choreography by Mark Denby in March, along with dances by Stowell and Balanchine. The PNB Premiere of Lambarena, choreographed by Val Caniparoli, is featured in April, followed by A Midsummer Night's Dream in May.