Roy Kaiser, Artistic Director
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
and The Choral Arts Society of Washington
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
"Midsummer casts a springy spell."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"All-American look of clean, strong body lines and simplicity of attack."
--The New York Times
The second of two companies celebrating its 50th anniversary in the 2013–2014 season, Pennsylvania Ballet has been at the forefront of American dance since 1963. In the past five years, the company has delighted Kennedy Center audiences with George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and been invited to perform twice as part of the Ballet Across America celebration, in 2008 and 2013.
Marking 450 years since Shakespeare's birth, Pennsylvania Ballet returns with a classic--Balanchine's vibrant, mystical fantasy A Midsummer Night's Dream, the first wholly original evening-length ballet he choreographed in America. Set to Felix Mendelssohn's lush score, this enchanting and hilarious ballet follows the romantic misadventures of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies.
Brimming with beguiling pas de deux representing love in all its guises--unrequited, reconciled, blind, and ideal--Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream also includes the famed "Wedding March" from Act II. Rich sets, sparkling costumes, a live choir, and more than 20 child dancers who fill the forest as fireflies and fairies add to the magic of this elaborate production perfect for all ages.
Performance Timing: Act I - 66 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 28 min.
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