Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream
   

Ballet

Ein Sommernachtstraum / A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Frederick Ashton and David Dawson

Ballet evening in two parts Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy based on »A Midsummer Night’s Dream« by William Shakespeare / Music by Antonio Vivaldi’s »The Four Seasons«, newly composed by Max Richter

This ballet evening brings together two veritable classics, namely William Shakespeare’s »A Midsummer Night’s Dream« and Antonio Vivaldi’s »The Four Seasons«.
In view of its narrative wit and highly virtuosic physical vocabulary, Frederick Ashton’s adaptation of »A Midsummer Night’s Dream« (1964) soon became regarded as a milestone in the balletic interpretation of Shakespeare. Focussing on events in a forest outside Athens, humans and fairies alike cannot escape the enchantment of a summer night. Whilst Oberon, king of the fairies, intends to punish his queen, Titania, for her obstinacy with the nectar of a magic flower, two couples, lost not only in the forest but in their feelings for one another, are also bewitched. The spell is only broken when morning dawns and they awaken as if from a dream, finally recognising one another.
The fantastic ambient music of Max Richter’s reworking (2012) of »The Four Seasons« (1725) inspired the British choreographer David Dawson to create this meditation on the cycle of life. Four parts complete the circle, formed and reformed by the bodies of the dancers within the spatial complex of the room, which is divided into four elements. The heart of the piece is mankind itself, buffered by change whether immobile or in movement, creating new dimensions of perception, energy and possibility in many timeless instances, caught between life and death, always anticipating and never knowing.

Summary

This ballet evening brings together two veritable classics, namely William Shakespeare’s »A Midsummer Night’s Dream« and Antonio Vivaldi’s »The Four Seasons«.
In view of its narrative wit and highly virtuosic physical vocabulary, Frederick Ashton’s adaptation of »A Midsummer Night’s Dream« (1964) soon became regarded as a milestone in the balletic interpretation of Shakespeare. Focussing on events in a forest outside Athens, humans and fairies alike cannot escape the enchantment of a summer night. Whilst Oberon, king of the fairies, intends to punish his queen, Titania, for her obstinacy with the nectar of a magic flower, two couples, lost not only in the forest but in their feelings for one another, are also bewitched. The spell is only broken when morning dawns and they awaken as if from a dream, finally recognising one another.
The fantastic ambient music of Max Richter’s reworking (2012) of »The Four Seasons« (1725) inspired the British choreographer David Dawson to create this meditation on the cycle of life. Four parts complete the circle, formed and reformed by the bodies of the dancers within the spatial complex of the room, which is divided into four elements. The heart of the piece is mankind itself, buffered by change whether immobile or in movement, creating new dimensions of perception, energy and possibility in many timeless instances, caught between life and death, always anticipating and never knowing.

Complete Cast

Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
Sinfoniechor Dresden – Extrachor der Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

Making-of »A Midsummer Night’s Dream«

Recommendations

Selected Performance

  • Saturday 22 Jun 2019
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals One intermission
  • End 9.15 pm
  • Running Time 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
Sinfoniechor Dresden – Extrachor der Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

Selected Performance

  • Wednesday 26 Jun 2019
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals One intermission
  • End 9.15 pm
  • Running Time 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
Sinfoniechor Dresden – Extrachor der Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

Selected Performance

  • Friday 28 Jun 2019
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals One intermission
  • End 9.15 pm
  • Running Time 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
Sinfoniechor Dresden – Extrachor der Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

Selected Performance

  • Sunday 30 Jun 2019
  • Starting Time 6 pm
  • Intervals One intermission
  • End 8.15 pm
  • Running Time 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
Sinfoniechor Dresden – Extrachor der Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

Selected Performance

  • Thursday 11 Jul 2019
  • Starting Time 7 pm
  • Intervals One intermission
  • End 9.15 pm
  • Running Time 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
Sinfoniechor Dresden – Extrachor der Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation

Selected Performance

  • Sunday 14 Jul 2019
  • Starting Time 2 pm
  • Intervals One intermission
  • End 4.15 pm
  • Running Time 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Venue Semperoper Dresden

Free introductory talk

  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

Cast

Semperoper Ballet
Staatskapelle Dresden
Sinfoniechor Dresden – Extrachor der Semperoper Dresden

Generously supported by the Semperoper Foundation