A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Ballet in two acts with choreography by Balanchine, music by Mendelssohn, sets and lighting by David Hays, and costumes by Barbara Karinska. Premiered 17 Jan. 1962 by New York City Ballet at City Center, New York, with Mitchell, Hayden, and Villella. The ballet, Balanchine's first original full-length work, is based on Shakespeare's play and uses Mendelssohn's incidental music. It was filmed in 1967. It was later taken into the repertoire of Pacific Northwest Ballet (1985). Other ballets on the same subject include those by Petipa (1876), Fokine (1906), Ashton (The Dream, 1964), Neumeier (Hamburg, 1977), Cohan (Scottish Ballet, 1993), Wheeldon (Colorado Ballet, 2000), and Bigonzetti (mus. Elvis Costello, Bologna, 2002).

Subjects: Dance.

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