A Midsummer Nights Dream Full-length Ballet

Roberto Bolle in Midsummer Night's Dream
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Roberto Bolle in Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tonight’s Thursday at the Theater presents the full-length ballet, A Midsummer Nights Dream with Alessandra Ferri in the leading role of Titania, Roberto Bolle as Oberon, Massimo Murru as Titani’s Cavalier, Riccardo Massimi as Puck, the court jester.

Deborah Gismondi dances as Hermia; the role of Helena is played by Gilda Gelati, Vittorio D’ Amato plays Demetrius, Gianni Ghisleni dances in the role of Lysander and Sabrina Brazzo dances as the Amazon queen, Hippolyta. Theseus of Athens is danced by Matteo Buongiorno and Camillo di Pompo dances as Buttom.

A Midsummer Nights Dream Full-length Ballet

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a two-act ballet choreographed by George Balanchine to Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play of the same name. In addition to the incidental music, Balanchine incorporated other Mendelssohn works into the ballet including Overtures to Athalie, Son and Stranger, and The Fair Melusine, Symphony No. 9 for Strings and The First Walpurgis Night.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Balanchine’s first completely original full-length ballet, and premiered at New York City Ballet on January 17, 1962  with Edward Villella in the role of Oberon, Melissa Hayden in the role of Titiana, and Arthur Mitchell in the role of Puck.

The ballet employs a large children’s corps de ballet.

Act I tells Shakespeare’s familiar story of lovers and fairies while Act II presents a strictly classical dance wedding celebration. The ballet dispenses with Shakespeare’s play-within-a-play finale.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened The New York City Ballet’s first season at the New York State Theater in April, 1964.

For full synopsis, please visit wikipedia.org.

A Midsummer Nights Dream Full-length Ballet

It is a lengthy ballet, but it is so worth it. The costumes and scenery are spectacular, but above this, Ferri and Bolle exude passion in their roles. Enjoy!

Video courtesy of YouTube.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Overture and Incidental Music), Op. 61

Performed by the La Scala Theatre Ballet, Milan, Italy.

Choreography by George Balanchine

A Midsummer Nights Dream Full-length Ballet

This ballet is not part of our company’s (Ballet Clasico de Queretaro Fernando Jhones) repertoire, so I was excited to find it’s full-length version. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Please “Like” and “Share” it below so more ballet lovers can spend a Thursday at The Theater!


1 Comment

  1. Please tell me there is a dvd of this performance and how I might obtain a copy.


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