A Midsummer Night's Dream

2013

Michel Kelemenis

Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève

French choreographer Michel Kelemenis practises an exquisite and refined style of dance, as Geneva audiences may remember from his 2009 Cinderella at the Grand Théâtre. With Marius Petipa in 1876, Mendelssohn’s stage music for Shakespeare’s whirlwind comedy of fairies, gentlefolk and mechanicals entered the great Russian ballet tradition. Michel Kelemenis and the Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet Company, with guest ensemble Basel Sinfonietta, are now poised to dance their way back to the Shakespearian fantasy roots of the piece, but in the present tense.

Distribution

Choreography - Michel Kelemenis 
Music - Félix Mendelssohn 
Musical direction - Robert Reimer 
Stage design & costumes - Nicolas Musin 
Light - Nicolas Musin & Jean-Marc Skatchko

Production

Grand Théâtre de Genève

On tour

  • Tuesday, 26th April 2016Beijing, China
  • Friday, 22th April 2016
    Saturday, 23th April 2016
    Shanghai, China
  • Saturday, 16th April 2016
    Sunday, 17th April 2016
    At Kaohsiung City (Taiwan)

Additional texts

A potion, a donkey ...

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare portrays a satire of society. Text wry, three intrigues interweave it. The author bullies morality and relationship with the magic of a love potion associated with boldness the assaults of a donkey, symbol of the wanderings of desire.

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The wonderful, the grotesque and the mystery present in the Dream of a Summer Night liken it to a adults tale.

Draws by set designer and costume designer Nicolas Muzin, the ethereal places and refined silhouettes are directed by the 22 outstanding artists of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève .

Michel Kelemenis