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