Shakespeare comedy transformed into dance dreamscape

Queensland Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream. | Newsreel
Joel Woellner and Mia Heathcote in Queensland Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream | Photo: David Kelly

Ballerina fairies and woodland creatures collide with the mortal world in Queensland Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Playhouse, QPAC from April 12-27.

Choreographed by Liam Scarlett, Shakespeare’s fantastical tale of mischief and mayhem takes place in a moonlit forest, where Fairy King Oberon and Fairy Queen Titania quarrel over a sleeping changeling. Meanwhile, a group of inquisitive explorers enter the forest in search of exotic specimens, finding instead a dreamscape of mistaken identities, love triangles, and captivating characters that flit, hover, and flutter.

Enhanced by Tracey Grant Lord’s dreamy sets and costumes, and Kendall Smith’s lighting designs, this Shakespearean comedy has captured imaginations since it was first written in 1595.

Liam Scarlett’s witty choreography brings the woodlands and vivid characters to life, to the sublime score by Felix Mendelssohn.

Scarlett first choreographed A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a co-production for Queensland Ballet and the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2015. Celebrated for his creative talents, Scarlett was appointed The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence in 2012 and was Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Associate from 2016-2021.

Choreographer: Liam Scarlett

Stager: Laura Morera

Music: Felix Mendelssohn

Music Arranger and Conductor: Nigel Gaynor

Costume and Set Designer: Tracy Grant Lord

Lighting Designer: Kendall Smith

Music performed by: Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra

Duration: Approximately two hours, including one 20-minute interval.

Please note: This production is recommended for audiences aged 13+. The performance contains drug references and sexual references.

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