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Work: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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ComposerMendelssohn, Felix (1809-1847)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeDance
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San FranciscoProgram 4: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
George Balanchine; San Francisco Ballet; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

New York CityA Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
George Balanchine; New York City Ballet; New York City Ballet Orchestra
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Dreamy Midsummer ends NYCB's spring season

Teresa Reichlen (Titania) © Paul Kolnik
Yet the audience loved it, just as they love every performance of A Midsummer's Night DreamI've ever attended. This ballet is a tribute to Shakespeare, a tribute to love, a tribute to dance. One walks out feeling as if one's "soul is in the sky."
****1
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Pure eye-candy: a dream of a Dream in Seattle

Ezra Thomson (Bottom) and Laura Tisserand (Titania) in Balanchine's Dream © Angela Sterling
A very fine performance, notable for the musicality which imbued each dancer’s presence and the excellent acting which kept the audience glued to the story.
*****
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NYCB: Midsummer Night's Dream

When you add it all up, this was a perfect closing show. It wasn’t without flaws but they were minor and the good far outweighed the bad.
****1
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Midsummer Night's Dream, NYCB

Daniel Ulbricht and Teresa Reichlen in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream © Paul Kolnik
As the season closer, you want something like this that lets everyone have some fun.
***11
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The Genius of Balanchine, Mariinsky Ballet Theatre

The Mariinsky Ballet treats London audiences with some of Balanchine's finest story ballets : Apollo and A Midsummer Night's Dream 
****1
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