A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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Music by George Frideric Handel, Eartha Kitt, Yma Sumac, Barbra Streisand, Jeff Buckley, Antony and the Johnsons
Choreographed by Arthur Pita
Stage and Costume Design by Jean-Marc Puissant
Lighting by David Platen
Costume Supervisor: Sarah Ferdinando
Costume Maker: Sarah Ferdinando
Tutu Maker: Yoshi Terashima
Images © courtesy of Ballet Black
Based on Shakespeare’s classic tale, turned on its head and transposed to the world of dance, the piece begins as an homage to Balanchine’s Symphony in C, with ballet costumes paying tribute to Barbara Karinska’s iconic puff tutu design.
A modern-day Puck casts a spell on the group of ballet dancers, transporting them deep into their wild, very human urges and fantasies.
We follow the protagonists through a series of un-balletic numbers, tableaux and scenes until Salvador Dali himself steps into their dream, adding another layer and a surreal climax to the story.
Performed to an eclectic soundtrack from various genres and periods, clothes and props borrow references from 20th century TV, pop and fashion culture.