Ballet Misha performs ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Concord and Newbury
Ballet Misha will perform an original ballet adaptation by William Shakespeare Dream of a summer night August 6 at 7 p.m. at the Concord Audi and August 7 at 5 p.m. at the John Hay Estate at the Fells in Newbury.
The ballet is choreographed by Ballet Misha director Amy Fortier, is set to Mendelssohn’s beautiful score and will be performed by Ballet Misha’s professional dancers, as well as Ballet Misha’s apprentice company and students from her school. Manchester affiliate Dimensions in Dance.
The ballet tells the story of Shakespeare’s fickle lovers, a duke about to be married, a feuding fairy king and queen, and a mischievous hobgoblin named Puck who interferes in it all.
“I first performed in a ballet version of Dream of a summer night in high school, and I knew then that I would love to have the opportunity to choreograph my own version one day,” said director Amy Fortier.
Fortier explains that his choreography, originally created in 2010, was inspired by the emotional wager that Shakespeare weaves through this play.
“Shakespeare draws many parallels between the mortal world and the world of fairies, and I’ve tried to do that choreographically by creating dance themes that are repeated by both mortals and fairies,” said Fortier.
Concord’s Kelly Diamond will dance the role of Fairy Queen Titania.
“I really enjoy this role and I’m thrilled to bring Titania to life. As the fairy queen, she’s strong and imposing, yet playful and dreamy,” Diamond said. everyone can enjoy – drama, humor and connection.”
Joey Richardson, 14, from Hopkinton, will dance the role of Puck, who spends half the ballet interfering in relationships and playing pranks.
“It’s so much fun to play such a mischievous character who is the main cause of all the chaos in ballet,” said Richardson, who also enjoys portraying such a central character.
Alyssa Desruisseaux of Hooksett will dance the role of Queen Hippolyta.
“The Queen is one of the only characters to exist entirely outside of the fairy realm. My hope is to bring a quality to the human realm that makes it magical and beautiful in its own right,” Desruisseaux said.
Merrimack’s Nathan Duszny will star as Oberon. Duszny has played the role of Puck before with Ballet Misha, but he is playing Oberon for the first time.
“The two roles couldn’t be more opposite to each other. One is a jealous but loving king, the other a mischievous childish fairy just waiting to have fun. It’s a rare honor to play both roles in one lifetime,” Duszny said. “Ballet Misha always goes above and beyond to bring the stage to life with beautiful sets and costumes, and the dancers are some of the best in New Hampshire.”
This is Ballet Misha’s fourth production of Dream of a summer nightbut they are excited to play it at Concord and Sunapee for the first time.
“I love the historic Concord Audi Theatre. It’s such a gem, and its beautifully renovated proscenium provides such a beautiful setting around our dancers,” Fortier said.
At the Fells Estate in Newbury, Ballet Misha will perform outside under their pavilion, and seating is cabaret-style, allowing guests to enjoy a picnic while watching.
Ballet Misha began partnering with The Fells for artistic programming a few years ago, and Fortier thought performing ballet outdoors was very appealing, especially in a location as scenic as the Fells Estate.
Tickets cost between $25 and $35 and are available for both performances on balletmisha.com.