Bal­let’s for­est foray is fan­tas­tic

The Tribune (NZ) - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT -

‘‘ Stun­ning’’, ‘‘Won­der­ful’’, ‘‘Inspired’’, ‘‘Glow­ing’’, ‘‘Iri­des­cent’’, ‘‘In­tox­i­cat­ing’’, ‘‘Out of this world’’, ‘‘A tri­umph!’’.

These are among the ac­co­lades for the Royal New Zealand Bal­let com­pany’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The bal­let in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Wil­liam Shake­speare’s fa­mous play by English chore­og­ra­pher Liam Scar­lett, will trans­form the Re­gent on Broad­way next Wed­nes­day evening into an en­chanted for­est.

Sylphs, sprites, faeries, crea­tures, rus­tics, lovers and fight­ers whirl and joust to­gether in this sparkling ver­sion of the tale that has ren­dered Shake­speare’s com­plex plot to its mag­i­cal essen­tials.

A co-pro­duc­tion with Queens­land Bal­let, A Midsummer Night’s Dream cen­tres right­fully on Liam’s won­der­fully in­ven­tive chore­og­ra­phy, but there is so much more that el­e­vates this per­for­mance into the realm of spec­ta­cle. Set­ting the pro­duc­tion has re­quired the largest stag­ing ever cre­ated by the com­pany, mak­ing use of 4000 LED lights and 2000 me­tres of fi­bre op­tic ca­ble.

It fea­tures sump­tu­ous de­sign and a multi-di­men­sional set by Tracy Grant Lord that is an­i­mated and ac­cented by Kendall Smith’s ar­rest­ing light­ing de­sign. That’s fur­ther aug­mented by a sparkling sound­track from Men­delssohn spe­cially ar­ranged by RNZB mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, Nigel Gaynor, and played by the New Zealand Sym­phony Or­ches­tra.

With the NZSO vis­it­ing Palmer­ston North later this month, the Re­gent on Broad­way bal­let per­for­mance has to make do with the or­ches­tra’s recorded sound­track.

That should in no way di­min­ish the im­pact of the bal­let. The cast set down for the Re­gent on Broad­way show see’s Lucy Green as Ti­ta­nia, Queen of the Faeries play­ing op­po­site Shane Ur­ton’s Oberon and Shaun James Kelly’s Puck. Clytie Camp­bell plays Her­mia, and Laura Saxon Jones He­lena.

Book­ings for next Wed­nes­day’s 7.30pm per­for­mance are through the Re­gent on Broad­way.

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Ko­hei Iwamoto dances as Puck in the Royal New Zealand Bal­let’s pro­duc­tion of Wil­liam Shake­speare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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