American Repertory Ballet Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s full-length ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, premiered in early 2015 to high praise. Set to an enchanting score by Felix Mendelssohn, the ballet brings to life the wit and splendor of one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Featuring colorful choreography, costumes and sets, the story portrays the weaving tales of cunning fairies, quarreling lovers and a hilariously amateur acting group as their paths cross in a magical forest.
“Wonderful. I smiled from beginning to end.” —Critical Dance
“Feuding lovers, doltish tradesmen, and endearing woodland fairies are the roles that have been taken on by ARB dancers. And it is heartening to see that Martin and his principals have made every role, every sequence count; in fact, they have even addressed and improved upon a few of the weak points in Shakespeare’s material.” —Broadway World
Choreography: Artistic Director Douglas Martin
Music: Felix Mendelssohn