Midsummer Night’s Dream caps ballet’s first season


May 18th, 2011

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Omaha, NE – Ballet Nebraska is ending its season with a Shakespearean classic.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will cap Ballet Nebraska’s first season this weekend. Erika Overturff is Ballet Nebraska’s Artistic Director. She said the play is ideally suited for the ballet, with an intricate plot and imaginative storyline.

Nebraska Ballet closed their first season with the Shakespearean classic, A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Photo courtesy Nebraska Ballet)

“The story is communicated really well through the action and the movement,” she said. “There’s a lot of humor in this ballet , and it comes across really well in the way the dancers move and act.” Overturff said it’s easy to see the emotion and follow the storyline. “I think it’s a great one to tell through dance.”

The production is choreographed by Oskar Antunez, and Overturff said it will closely follow Shakespeare’s story.

“This ballet has a lot of opportunity for creativity,” Overturff said. “We’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.”

Overturff said the cast includes 80 young dancers from around the community. Led by the company’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 Night’s Dream will be performed at the Rose Theater in downtown Omaha Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

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