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Pennsylvania Ballet to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer Arantxa Ochoa in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.
Photo: Paul Kolnik

Visit the vibrant, mystical fantasy of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, March 7-17, 2013 at the Academy of Music. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is presented by Bank of America.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is undoubtedly one of my favorite full-length ballets,” Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. “Mr. Balanchine tells the Shakespeare story so clearly with beautiful choreography throughout.”

Set to Felix Mendelssohn’s lush score, this enchanting ballet brings William Shakespeare’s classic comedy to life. The hilarious tale follows the adventures and misadventures of a group of mortals and immortals in their quest for love. More than 20 young dance students from The School of Pennsylvania Ballet fill the forest as fireflies and fairies. For the first time ever, the sets and costumes have been designed by the late Tony Award-winning designer Martin Pakledinaz. The Philadelphia Singers Chorale adds to the magic of this elaborate production, fit for all ages!

Tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Academy of Music are on sale now, starting at $30. Tickets are available online at paballet.org, by phone at 215.893.1999, and in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream performances at the Academy of Music

  • Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9 at noon
  • Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.

Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season features six programs of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.

- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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