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Oakland Ballet Company presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

June 1, 2017
7:30 pm
Laney College Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center

Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3, at 7:30pm, and Saturday June 3 at 2:30pm Oakland Ballet Company's 2017 spring season, A Midsummer Night's Dream, features two works by company Artistic Director, Graham Lustig, including the West Coast premiere of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the world premiere of Consort, inspired by Shakespeare's Sonnets. Lustig's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is set to Felix Mendelssohn's score based on Shakespeare's enduring play. The 45-minute work features a cast of 22 dancers, including eight child/student dancers. The story unfolds in the forest and in the realm of Fairyland, where four subplots converge around the wedding of Duke Theseus and Queen Hippolyta. A cast of "rude mechanicals" prepare to perform a play within a play for the wedding; the King and Queen of the fairies, Oberon and Titania, plot and scheme with the assistance of Puck and a strong love potion; and a cast of lovesick humans are caught in a tangled web of mistaken identities and mismatched affections. In re-telling the magical and madcap Shakespearean comedy through dance, Lustig draws on themes that are universally relatable. Lustig's new work, Consort, draws its inspiration from Shakespeare's Sonnets, and from the poetry and music of the English Renaissance, featuring music by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Vaughan Williams, among others. The 20-minute dance will feature a smaller ensemble of eight dancers from the company. Costumes for both works are by Christopher Dunn. Presented by Oakland Ballet Company


Laney College Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center

900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA

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