Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Dream of a Dance

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

  • The Upper Studio/Humboldt Dance Alliance

For those who were turned away from the standing-room-only performances of A Midsummer's Night Dream in 2011, you are in luck. Director Heather Sorter has restaged her original ballet — a dance version of Shakespeare's romantic comedy of errors — for the large venue of Eureka High Auditorium.

This soiree into the Bard's land of enchantments crosses the great cultural divide of toe shoes versus barefooted dancers. Sorter mixed it up by inviting Bonnie Hossack, a modern dancer, and Leslie Castellano, an aerial-silk artist, to choreograph sections of the show. Flurries of winged fairies, bona-fide ballerinas, court entertainers dangling overhead, a pack of randy hounds skulking in real fog, sword fighting, classical lovers' pas de deux it's all there.

For an added bonus, two of the male leads are members of the Robert Moses Dance Company in San Francisco. The local dancers come from many studios, including Sorter's own The Upper Studio in Bayside.

A Midsummer's Night Dream is presented by The Upper Studio and the Humboldt Dance Alliance, a DreamMaker project of the Ink People Center for the Arts. Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Eureka High Auditorium, 1915 J St. Tickets $15, $10 for children are available at Berliner's Cornucopia, Threadbare and Wildberries. More information: 360-791-4817.

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Stephanie Silva directed her own modern dance company in New York City and is a student of American poet Diane di Prima. She teaches movement and writing.

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