A Midsummer Night's Dream • Ballet


  • 24 May, 20:00


JOHN NEUMEIER • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ballet by John Neumeier after Wiliam Shakespeare
Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, György Ligeti and traditional mechanical music

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The balletic interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, about amorous confusions, both in real life and in the
fantastical world of the fairies, is one of John Neumeier’s wittiest and most humorous productions. Since its creation in 1977 for the Hamburg Ballet, this production has now been seen on some of the world’s most important stages. In John Neumeier’s work, it is not Bottom, but Hippolyta who dreams and is thus transformed into Titania as she sleeps, with her fiancé Theseus as Oberon at her side. And in dreams, we are permitted to abandon ourselves to secret or suppressed desires and longings. A misty grove of silvery olive trees provides the atmospheric setting for the ballet.
According to Hartmut Regitz, “John Neumeier has separated the levels of consciousness of his Midsummer Night’s Dream more distinctly than is possible in theatre performances. While the real comedy figures are defined by their Empire costumes and Mendelssohn’s music, the compositions of György Ligeti create a timelessly unreal atmosphere that could not be better suited to the dreamlike apparitions of pale-skinned phantoms. The mechanicals, on the other hand, move in a mechanistic musical world symbolised by the barrel organ. Neumeier’s deft choreography is appropriately nuanced. Especially the pas de quatre danced by the two pairs of lovers has moments of brilliance.”


The ballet version "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is a jewel

12 MAR2015

posted in: Whitsun

Audiences and the press have never agreed more, and for so long: John Neumeier’s 1977 ballet version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of his most beautiful works. Indeed, it is an absolute jewel. “Entrancing enchantment, a magical mélange” is only one of the many headlines for Hamburg Ballet Director Neumeier’s smashingly successful production, which has once again returned to the stage.

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Individual Tickets for the 2015 Whitsun Festival already Available for Online Purchase

14 NOV2014

posted in: Whitsun

Tickets for the 2015 Whitsun Festival are already available for individual sale, not only as subscriptions, but for any performance with tickets still available. The programme includes such highlights as Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride with Cecilia Bartoli and Christopher Maltman, or the ballet performance A Midsummer Night’s Dream by John Neumeier, based on William Shakespeare, featuring the Hamburg Ballet and the Mozarteum Orchestra – and there are still tickets available for some performances. Secure your tickets now, and enjoy the Whitsun Festival, this year under the motto “Thus I will call upon all gods”!

Abel, mable statue by Giovanni Dupré, 1842, Hermitage St. Petersburg, © shutterstock @ Maria Egupova