PNB's lovely 'Cinderella' at home in Mercer Arena
Last month, Pacific Northwest Ballet made its move to the Mercer Arts Arena by premiering Kent Stowell's compelling, multimedia "Carmen." That high-tech, streamlined ballet was the perfect fit for the bare-bones but efficiently retrofitted theater.
Stowell's gauzy, sweetly romantic "Cinderella" poses a different challenge to the minimalist space.
Can an 18th-century ballet with elaborate scenery and intimate character relationships play as well in the boxy arena? Happily, Thursday night's opening proved that it can and does.