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Understand the plot in 1 minute

By Octave 05 July 2022


Numerous choreographers have drawn on Shakespeare’s play for the dramatic substance to their ballets. George Balanchine was no exception. In 1962, to a score by Mendelssohn, he created his own version of Shakespeare’s comedy for the New York City Ballet. 

Ever faithful to his vocabulary, subtly blended with mime, a complex romantic narrative unfolds in two acts and six tableaux. Revolving around Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, the plot thickens with a domestic quarrel between the king of the elves and the fairy queen. Things take another turn with the mischievous intervention of Puck and his magic love potion and the arrival of a troupe of amateur actors. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets. The sets and costumes were entrusted to another magician of the stage, Christian Lacroix.  

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