Balanchine's Ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream at Kennedy Center
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The last date listed for A Midsummer Night's Dream was Sunday June 8, 2014 / 1:30pm.
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Having seen numerous dance concerts this year, this one was my absolute favorite--ballet in classical form with beautiful setting and costumes--to the wonderful music! No modern contortions or attempts to be unique--just the fine lines of dancing.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Midsummer casts a springy spell.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
Performance Timing: Act I – 66 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act II – 28 min.
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.
About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world.