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15569 Star Starred
The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
202-467-4600
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"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
13 ratings
4.7 average rating
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120 events
61 reviews
86 stars
attended Jun 07 2014

We really enjoyed this ballet. The scenery was beautiful! It was a very funny ballet. The dancers were very professional and beautiful to watch. The young dancers were very good and fun to watch.

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32 reviews
27 stars
attended Jun 06 2014

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.

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30 events
26 reviews
16 stars
attended Jun 06 2014

The ballet is one of the most beautiful of all. The costumes, music, scenery and dancing were great. It was a magical evening.

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Quotes & Highlights

  • “Midsummer casts a springy spell.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Description

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.

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