Coppélia

The danger in promoting a ballet as "family-friendly" is that a chunk of your potential audience will write it off as "kid stuff." But Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of Coppélia, is not like Trix cereal—it isn't just for kids. The work, with one of the most beautiful scores in ballet (by Léo Delibes), is full of complex and tricky dancing, restaged from its 19th-century roots by George Balanchine in 1974 and laced together with a sunny plot full of mistaken identities and true love. (To refresh your memories: Mad scientist Dr. Coppelius creates a life-sized doll, Coppélia, who comes between lovers Franz and Swanilda. And look for PNB director Peter Boal as one of three dancers portraying the doctor.) After a year filled with all sorts of dancing, from traditional to cutting edge, PNB closes its season with real sweetness. SANDRA KURTZ

Fri., June 1, 7:30 p.m.; June 2-10, 2012

 
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