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A Midsummer Night's Dream

The bard's most adaptable play, originally choreographed for the Colorado Ballet by Christopher Wheeldon in 1997, is pure delight.

Artists of the Colorado Ballet
Artists of the Colorado Ballet
Photo: Mike Watson
The mixed-up affections of the four lovers—Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father, Egeus, wants her to marry Demetrius, who is pined for by Helena—is elegantly delineated in a short pantomime (mirrored by a recap at the top of Act II), before the action begins.

Maria Mosina as Titania and artists of the Colorado Ballet
Maria Mosina as Titania
and artists of the Colorado Ballet
Photo: Mike Watson
All of this is further entangled by Puck, who misunderstands directions from the fairy king, Oberon. Before disentagling the mayhem, Oberon uses the same herbal potion, which induces love-at-first-sight, on his wife Titania, for refusing to give him possession of the Changeling.

The entire dream (elopement of the lovers) is wrapped inside of the story of King Theseus, Queen Hippolyta, and the eventual marriages of the nobles.

Maria Mosina as Titania and Alexi Tyukov as Oberon
Maria Mosina as Titania
and Alexi Tyukov as Oberon
Photo: Mike Watson
Wheeldon's choreography is a perfect match for Felix Mendelssohn's dreamy music and the lovely costumes (the Boston Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Colorado Ballet). The roles are double- and triple-cast for the run and, once again, we are impressed by the depth and excellence of the company. The elegant pas de deux of Oberon and Titania (Domenico Luciano and Chandra Kuykendall on Saturday evening) and the athletic dances of the lovers (Asuka Sasaki, Dmitry Trubchanov, Shelby Dyer, and Francisco Estevez) are dazzling. Kevin Gael Thomas' mischievous Puck, who literally flies over and spritely flits around the stage, is magic.

Lovely work by the Colorado Children's Chorale as well as a host of young performers in the roles of sprites, cupids, and fairies.

Adam Flatt and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra are masterful with Mendelssohn's score (a combination of the Overture that the composer wrote at the age of 17 in 1826, and the incidental music, Op. 61, he wrote 16 years later in 1842 as a commission from King Frederick William IV of Prussia).

Colorado Ballet's presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream runs through October 5th. For tickets: 303-837-8888 ext. 2 or coloradoballet.org.

Bob Bows

 

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