Le songe d'une nuit d'été

George Balanchine

Opéra Bastille - from 09 to 29 March 2017

Le Songe d'une nuit d'été

New to the repertoire

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
George Balanchine

After William Shakespeare,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Set design
Christian Lacroix
Costume design
Christian Lacroix
Lighting design
Jennifer Tipton
Simon Hewett
Chorus master
José Luis Basso
Pranvera Lehnert
Anne-Sophie Ducret

Les Étoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet
Avec la participation des élèves de l’École de Danse

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Costumes de Christian Lacroix, d’après les maquettes originales de Karinska.

Ce spectacle fera l’objet d’une captation audiovisuelle

Une co-production Opéra national de Paris et Telmondis avec le soutien du CNC et la participation de France 2, réalisée par Vincent Bataillon.
Diffusion en direct au cinéma le 23 mars, diffusion sur Culture Box à partir du 27 mars.
Diffusion sur France 2 ultérieurement.

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"If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here While these visions did appear." William Shakespeare, Le Songe d’une nuit d’été, scène VII

Numerous choreographers have delved into Shakespeare to find dramatic material for their ballets, beginning with Jean-Georges Noverre, an ardent defender of the “action ballet” and Marius Petipa, who was the first to use Mendelssohn’s stage music. George Balanchine, who also loved the score, would prove no exception. In 1962 he created his version of Shakespeare’s comedy for New York City Ballet. Faithful to the Bard’s vocabulary whilst adding a subtle touch of pantomime, he 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. One of George Balanchine’s rare narrative ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire. The sets and costumes for this production have been designed by another magician of the stage, Christian Lacroix.


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