A Midsummer Night’s Dream / MEDIA RELEASE
“Come now; what masques, what dances shall we have”
Join Alberta Ballet in Shakespeare’s comedic classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Feuding forest fairies, hapless mortals, capricious gods and a mischievous elf called Puck hit the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium,March 21-23, 2019.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream features Alberta Ballet Company dancers as well as 30 Alberta Ballet School students from Edmonton and Calgary in Bruce Wells’ version of the masterpiece that he first staged 30 years ago. Inspired by German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s score, this beautiful family masterpiece is sure to excite and entertain all fairy tale fans.
“It possesses all the qualities you search for in an exciting new production. It has humour, wit, poetry, great beauty and wonderful dancing all round including for the soloists, the principals, the children and all the corps dancers,” said Alberta Ballet Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maitre.
Bruce Wells, a renowned American choreographer with strong family ties to Alberta, created a version that simplifies the story and makes it understandable for audience of all ages. The production is also only 90 minutes including a 20-minute intermission, making this the perfect production to share with children.
“This is poised to be one of the most beautifully crafted productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ever thanks to the professionalism and talent of Alberta Ballet dancers and students,” Wells said.
A former soloist with The New York City Ballet, Wells has worked with some of the most prestigious choreographers and dance visionaries in the art.
In 1974, he played Oberon in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is where he drew the inspiration from for the ballet. Coming back to Alberta and sharing this production with our audiences has special meaning for Wells. His parents met in Calgary and lived here for some time before settling in Seattle.
“It’s gutsy to strip the language from William Shakespeare’s humor and try to retain that essence with balletic slapstick. But if it’s funny enough, pretty enough and performed well, it works.” – Kansas City Star