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Celebrating ten years since its inception, Byron Ballet performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for enchanted audiences young and old last weekend. Photo Jeff Dawson

Byron Ballet’s 10th anniversary production of Shakespeare’s evergreen comedic tale A Midsummer Night’s Dream last weekend is set to become a gold standard in the company’s repertoire.

This original restaging has all of the famous and beloved characters: Oberon, Titania, Bottom, star struck lovers, royalty – and of course Puck.

Michael Braun (ex Queensland Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet principal) stars as Oberon.

Local born Patrick Weir returned to Byron Ballet after graduating in dance at VCA, and most recently starring in Lord of the Flies, under the direction of world-renowned choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne.

Byron ballet artistic director Yvonne Hall selected a broad swathe of music from the works of Felix Mendelssohn to complement the choreography.

This was community theatre of the highest order and part of what makes Byron Bay cultural depth and diversity second only to the capital cities of Australia

Performed up close and personal in the unique intimacy of Byron Theatre this ballet was a sensual delight and represents a new level of achievement for Byron’s own ballet company.

– Clinton Hart

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