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Indianapolis School of Ballet Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Indianapolis School of Ballet Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater

March 20, 2013 | 01:27 PM

Torn hearts. Whimsical magic. Crafty fairies and...a man with a donkey's head?! The Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB) passionately presents its original choreography for Shakespeare's celebrated comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream at the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater. The performance will also include additional repertoire, Dance of the Hours and Scriabin Suite.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will run one weekend only for two performances: 7:30p.m. on Friday, May 17th , and 3:00p.m. on Sunday, May 19th. The performances will occur in the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater at 650 N. Meridian Street. Tickets may be purchased as of March 18th by calling 317-955-7525, going online to www.indyballet.org or in person at 502 N. Capitol Avenue, Suite B.

Written by William Shakespeare at the end of the 16th century, A Midsummer Night's Dream stands as one of Shakespeare's most popular and acclaimed works. The timeless story of several lovers bewitched by a fairy's magic is immortalized for its unique portrayal of love, loss, and identity. The ballet will feature dancers whirling and soaring to Mendelssohn's romantic masterpieces including his Overture, Op. 21 as well as his Incidental Music, Op. 61. Inspired by George Balanchine's version and her lifelong study of ballet, choreographer Victoria Lyras' transforms a two- dimensional page of Shakespeare's comedy into realistic romantic adventure. Scriabin Suite will be featured as well, eponymously named after the notorious Russian composer who was legendary for his use synesthesia, the blending of the senses. The third piece ISB will perform is the short ballet, Dance of the Hours, composed by Amilcare Ponchielli for the third act of his opera, La Gioconda. Ponchielli's composition is based upon a prose by Victor Hugo, author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

A spectacle for that special someone or the entire family, don't miss this chance to experience the enchanting tale of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

"The Indianapolis School of Ballet's performance is classic tale appropriate for all ages and audiences," said Founding Artistic Director Victoria Lyras. "You will be transported into a magical forest inhabited by fairies that manipulate the fate of mortals, and immortals, in their pursuit of eternal love!"

Ticket Information:

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater

Friday, May 17 at 7:30 pm & Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 pm Tickets range from $15-$25 (317)-955-7525 or visit www.indyballet.org

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