Miami City Ballet’s landmark 30th Anniversary Season culminates with an unprecedented reimagining of George Balanchine’s magical full-evening ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Balanchine’s classic choreography is the vehicle for Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love, magic and illusion, with ravishing music by Felix Mendelssohn (including the famous “Wedding March”). This reimagining includes all-new sets and costumes by artist Michele Oka Doner, and dramatic direction by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.
With a fairytale cast that includes 24 children and six vocalists, magical new sets and costumes, the music of the Opus One Orchestra and the breathtaking Miami City Ballet dancers, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a dazzling spectacle for families and audiences of all ages.
"With the importance of the water to our region and lives, the ocean makes an inspired backdrop for Balanchine’s reimagined ballet. Miami City Ballet is the ideal company to bring it all together for South Florida’s audiences,” says Victoria Rogers, VP/Arts of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a major underwriter of the new production.
(MCB dancer Kleber Rebello as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo © Alberto Oviedo.)
This unique reimagining of George Balanchine’s 1962 full-evening ballet is visually different and irresistible. Michele Oka Doner’s original new sets and costumes are inspired by local marine life, her designs referring to its forms and palette as a metaphor for Shakespeare’s and Balanchine’s magical forest. MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez also brought Tarell Alvin McCraney on board to bring his unique expertise on the work of William Shakespeare into the dance studio, inspiring MCB dancers as dramatic coach. The music, Balanchine’s choreography, and Shakespeare’s story of course remain unchanged.
With permission from The George Balanchine Trust, this new production and unique artistic collaboration is a dream project for Lopez, who says, “I am overjoyed to bring Mr. Balanchine’s 1962 magical masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream to dancers and audiences. It is perhaps the most brilliant narrative ballet of the 20th century. An additional gratification for us is that the central role of Oberon was created on our Founding Artistic Director, Edward Villella. Presenting a reframing of this magnificent work is in perfect keeping with the goals of Miami City Ballet, a company steeped in tradition with its eyes on the future.”
Tickets start at just $20 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets or to learn more, visit miamicityballet.org
or call the MCB Box Office at 305.929.7010 or toll free at 877.929.7010.