Opera national de Paris: A Midsummer Night's Dream (NR) Release Date: March 23rd, 2017
Runtime: 2 hr. 0 min.
Director: Vincent Bataillon, George Balanchin
Genres: Program
Starring: Simon Hewett, Pranvera Lehnert, Anne-Sophie Ducret, Principal Dancers
In 1962 George Balanchine 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.
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