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Yuan Yuan Tan and Alexandre Cagnat as Titania and Donkey in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust // Photo © Erik Tomasson // Illustration rendering by Sky Alsgaard

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 nearly 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.

Composer

Felix Mendelssohn

Choreographer

George Balanchine


Casting to be announced


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

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

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Explore the adventures and misadventures at the heart of this story ballet and its journey back to the Opera House stage after 35 years.

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Staged by: Sandra Jennings
Additional Coaching by: Helgi Tomasson
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