A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ballet by John Neumeier

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In Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, a luxury trip in the early 20th century is linked with visions from ancient Greece. In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream three worlds merge with one another: antiquity, country theater, and forest magic. In both ballets, Neumeier’s musical selection reflects these originals. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s classic score meets Ligeti's sounds that evoke the eerie atmosphere of the forest. In addition, for the rustics, there is music on traditional mechanical instruments. Shakespeare's original is an El Dorado for the artistic temperament of the choreographer, who created a classic with this Midsummer Night's Dream. Because the worlds are constantly changing, the audience is alternately enchanted and mystified. The work is itself a dream from which we don’t want to turn our gaze.

Photo that shows Midsummer Film 7 © Kiran West.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ballet by John Neumeier after William Shakespeare
Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and György Ligeti, with traditional mechanical music

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