New Production! Enter Shakespeare’s poetic world of elves and fairies, as envisioned by choreographer George Balanchine. Entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire for the first time, this magical piece, danced to the stage music by Mendelssohn, features sets and costumes by fashion legend Christian Lacroix.
“If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here. While these visions did appear.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scene 7
Faithful to the Bard’s vocabulary whilst adding a subtle touch of pantomime, Balanchine 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.
Captured live on stage Palais Garnier, Paris and screened at Riverside.
Image: Le songe d’une nuit d’été
Classification: E – Exempt from Classification
Distributor: Palace Films
Dates & Times:
Sunday 7 May 1pm
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Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet
The Paris Opéra Ballet, rich in historical tradition, stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch.