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Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Lesley Rausch and Ezra Thomson in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream. (© Angela Sterling)

4 / A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

4 / A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

A Joyful Masterpiece

Enter Shakespeare’s enchanted forest of whimsy, mistaken identity, and jest—where fairies rule and love (eventually) reigns supreme. This Shakespearean favorite returns triumphantly to San Francisco after a 35-year absence. Created in 1962 to music by Felix Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was George Balanchine’s first original full-length ballet and quickly hailed as a masterpiece—think adventures and misadventures, mischief and magic, woodland creatures and fairyland foibles. Beautiful costume and set designs by Martin Pakledinaz and radiant, magical choreography make this ballet a delight for all ages.

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Composer

Felix Mendelssohn

Choreographer

George Balanchine


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Total run time: 2 hours, including one 20 minute intermission

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acific Northwest Ballet’s Lesley Rausch and Benjamin Griffiths with company dancers in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream. (© Angela Sterling)

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Staged by: Sandra Jennings
Scenic & Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

World Premiere: January 17, 1962—New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama; New York, New York

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: March 12, 1985—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California