Midsummer Night’s Dream caps ballet’s first season
May 18th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Ballet Nebraska is ending its season with a Shakespearean classic.
A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream will cap Ballet Nebraskaâ€™s first season this weekend. Erika Overturff is Ballet Nebraskaâ€™s Artistic Director. She said the play is ideally suited for the ballet, with an intricate plot and imaginative storyline.
â€œThe story is communicated really well through the action and the movement,â€ she said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of humor in this ballet , and it comes across really well in the way the dancers move and act.â€ Overturff said itâ€™s easy to see the emotion and follow the storyline. â€œI think itâ€™s a great one to tell through dance.â€
The production is choreographed by Oskar Antunez, and Overturff said it will closely follow Shakespeareâ€™s story.
â€œThis ballet has a lot of opportunity for creativity,â€ Overturff said. â€œWeâ€™ve got beautiful costume design work for this show, and the cast is quite large. We have almost a hundred people in the whole cast.â€
Overturff said the cast includes 80 young dancers from around the community. Led by the companyâ€™s professional dancers, she said the young performers rose to the occasion. And the production was pulled together through many hours of hard by the kids, and their parents.
Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream will be performed at the Rose Theater in downtown Omaha Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
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