Byron Ballet Company is currently preparing for one of the world’s most beloved ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This original creation of Shakespeare’s evergreen tale includes all of its most beloved characters: Oberon, the jealous fairy king; Titania, the proud fairy queen; Puck, the mischievous troublemaker; and the comical star-struck lovers.
The ballet portrays the adventures of two young couples in love and all the delightful mischief the woodland fairies create for them. Puck knows that love makes fools of us all and cannot resist the temptation to confuse the young lovers in their choice in love.
The Company’s director, Yvonne Hall, said they chose this ballet because of the comedic fun involved: ‘Over recent challenging years I’ve really appreciated the great importance of comedy and humour to lift the spirits. I hope we can find more comedic ballets in the future.’
Hall says the unique intimacy of the Byron Theatre with its up-close-and-personal atmosphere allows the audience to merge even deeper into this sensual delight. ‘This world of fairies and humans is the perfect ballet for all ages from the youngest to the most ballet-sophisticated.’
The ballet is performed to the ethereal and aristocratic music of master composer Felix Mendelssohn and features principal dancers Micheal Braun, Brittany Duwner, Joshua Freedman, Zac Healy and Jack Best.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream has a four-show season: October 14–16. Tickets can be purchased from: byroncentre.com.au.