Ballet Arizona to debut production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

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Ballet Arizona presents its rendition of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Feb. 13-16.

A behind-the-scenes look at making this production, sponsored in part by SRP and the Ballet Arizona Board of Directors, will be offered at the Studio Spotlight on Jan. 31 to get to know the dancers and their characters during pre and post performance chats on select dates.

Meet 45 minutes before show time in Symphony Hall’s theater to learn more about the artistic vision Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen had to create a “fresh take” on the 424-year-old story, according to a press release.

Set to Mr. Andersen’s choreography, the show comes to life with all-new sets and new costumes to complement the professional ballet company in the Valley.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream shows the lighter side of ballet as theater and ballet fans alike will “get transported to a magical world of fairy tricksters, love potions and hilarious antics” with the accompaniment of The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall.

The production showcases Mr. Andersen’s ability to tell tales through movement. Celebrating his 20th anniversary as the artistic visionary of Ballet Arizona, this season, the release said it was fitting for Mr. Andersen’s most beloved works reimagined to celebrate the milestone in his career.

“We have never undertaken a project this massive in our own shops before, and it something of which I am very proud,” said Mr. Andersen in a prepared statement.

“To witness what we are able to do and build here is beyond anything I ever thought possible. In our home studios each day, I coach our talented and beautiful dancers in rehearsals, work alongside our costume shop team made up of local artisans who are building more than 80 costumes from scratch, and work in our scene shop with the designers and production team to build the sets for this new production. To be able to create all of this within our very own walls is a ‘dream’ unto itself.”

Pre-show chats are at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 and at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14; a post-show chat will be held following the 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Feb. 15, the release noted.

Tickets start at $34 with discounts offered for seniors, college students, active military and groups. Purchase tickets by calling 602-381-1096 or visit balletaz.org.

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