Opera national de Paris: A Midsummer Night's Dream

In 1962 George Balanchine 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, become caught up in a domestic quarrel between the king of the elves and the queen of the fairies which results in the intervention of the mischievous Puck and his magic potion along with a troupe of amateur actors. The denouement is celebrated in the form of a grand virtuoso entertainment.

- Synopsis provided by CinemaSource

Credits

Directors:

  • Vincent Bataillon
  • George Balanchine

Cast:

  • Simon Hewett
  • Pranvera Lehnert
  • Anne-Sophie Ducret
  • Principal Dancers
  • Corps de Ballet

Writers:

  • William Shakespeare
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

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