Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Hansel & Gretel, a specially-created, hour-long matinee performance for children and families. Like PNB’s other Family Matinee productions of Snow Whiteand Pinocchio, Hansel & Gretel features almost 60 students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, along with a very special guest, former PNB principal dancer Ariana Lallone. Based on the classic fairy tale, this narrated ballet tells the story of Hansel and Gretel, hungry and lost in the forest, who stumble upon a house made of delicious confections, and find themselves welcomed by a witch whose keen interest in them has a sinister motive. Perfectly timed for children and a wonderful introduction to dance and theater, creator Bruce Wells’ Hansel & Gretel will be performed three times only at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. Performances are at 12:00 noon and 3:30 pm on Sunday, March 17, and 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 23. Performances will feature pre-show activities including crafts and dance classes for the young and young-at-heart. (An additional student matinee for school groups is on Friday, March 22. For tickets and more information, visit www.pnb.org or call 206.441.2424.
Choreographer Bruce Wells has created over 50 ballets. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Mr. Wells’ dance career began as a student at the School of American Ballet. He joined New York City Ballet, under the direction of George Balanchine, in 1967 and was promoted to soloist in 1969. His choreographic career began in workshops that Mr. Balanchine coached in the early 1970’s. From there he became resident choreographer for the Connecticut Ballet from 1975 to 1979, choreographing his first full length ballet, Coppelia in 1976. From 1979 to 1989 Mr. Wells was resident choreographer for the Boston Ballet, where he created over 20 works which included The Nutcracker, La Fee Mal Gardee, Swan Lake, and his highly acclaimed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (From 1984 to 1989 he was also Associate Artistic Director for the company.) He then joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater for six seasons as resident choreographer, creating new productions of Romeo & Juliet, Firebird and The Great Gatsby among others. Mr. Wells has choreographed works for The Australian Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Cincinnati Ballet, The Nashville Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, and many more. For the past sixteen years Mr. Wells has been on the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Mr. Wells has created three children’s ballet for PNBS, Snow White, Hansel & Gretel and Pinocchio. A frequent guest teacher and freelance choreographer, he recently was a guest teacher for the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam.
Ticket to Hansel & Gretel are $25 - $67 ($22 - $60 for children 12 and under) and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office: By Phone: 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
In Person: 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
Online at pnb.org (24/7)
For group rates to Hansel & Gretel, please contact Julie Jamieson at JulieJ@pnb.org or 206.441.2416.
Tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance - subject to availability - at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.