Paris Opéra Ballet

A Midsummer Night's Dream

In Cinemas 5, 6, 7 & 10 May 2017
Conductor
Simon Hewett
Orchestra
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Cast
Eleonora Abbagnato (Titania), Hugo Marchand (Oberon), Fanny Gorse (Helena), Laëtitia Pujol (Hermia), Alessio Carbone (Lisandre), Audric Bezard (Demetrius), Alice Renavand (Hyppolite), Emmanuel Thibault (Puck), Florian Magnenet (Thésée), Stéphane Bullion (Chevalier de Titania), Muriel Zusperreguy (Papillon), Les Étoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet
Music
Felix Mendelssohn
Choreography
George Balanchine
Designs
Christian Lacroix
Duration
2h5 incl. interval
Captured live from Opera Bastille, Paris 23 Mar 2017
Official Event Listing

New Production! Venture into Shakespeare's poetic world of elves and fairies, as envisioned by choreographer George Balanchine. Entering the Paris Opera Ballet’s repertoire for the first time, this magical piece, danced to the stage music by Mendelssohn, features sets and costumes by fashion legend Christian Lacroix

"If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here. While these visions did appear." - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Scene 7

Faithful to the Bard’s vocabulary whilst adding a subtle touch of pantomime, Balanchine 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.

Screening at all locations. 

Paris Opéra Ballet

The Paris Opéra Ballet, rich in historical tradition, stages some 180 performances per season in Paris, the French regions and abroad. Over the years it has played host to many of the world’s greatest choreographers: George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, and of course Pina Bausch.

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