A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Performed at the Opéra de Paris – 2 hr – Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – Choreography by George Balanchine
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Starring Pranvera Lehnert, Anne-Sophie Ducret, Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet
General Public: $20, BMFI Members: $18, Students with ID: $10

Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. Faithful to the Bard’s vocabulary whilst adding a subtle touch of pantomime, he portrays a complex love story in two acts and six scenes.

Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, are swept up in a domestic quarrel between the king of the elves and the queen of the fairies involving the mischievous sprite Puck, a magic love potion, and a troupe of amateur actors, culminating in a grand virtuoso performance. One of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire. The sets and costumes for this production have been designed by another magician of the stage, Christian Lacroix.

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Sunday, November 121:00pm 2017-11-12 13:00:00 2017-11-12 15:00:00 America/New_York A Midsummer Night’s Dream Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA