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.
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Total run time: 2 hours, including one 20 minute intermission
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.
Staged by: Sandra Jennings
Additional Coaching by: Helgi Tomasson
Scenic & Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Mendelssohn’s score will be sung live by women from San Francisco’s Volti vocal ensemble, Robert Geary, Artistic Director.
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