Yuri Vámos
Szenenbild A Midsummernight's Dream 1
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Szenenbild A Midsummernight's Dream 2
© Eduard Straub
Szenenbild A Midsummernight's Dream 3
© Eduard Straub

A Midsummernight's Dream

Ballet by Youri Vámos based on William Shakespeare
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Choreographical assistance: Joyce Cuoco
Stage and costumes: Michael Scott
Lightdesign: Klaus Gärditz
Duration: 2 hours

Uraufführung 1995 Theater Basel

In Youri Vámos's balletcomedy after William Shakespeare, ghostly royalties, goblins and humans swirl around, and everything has to do with the same thing: love in all its expressions. Vámos presents the interplay and confusions of the worlds of ghosts and humans. Greece and the ghostly royalties become ciphers which every period of history and every art form have to translate new and differently. The nightmare begins...

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Press reviews

Jörg Simon's Oberon, the Fairy King, dominates the stage with his sharp and human characterisation without pretension. Sylvie Sangiorgio as Tytania and Igor Antonov as Bottom, changed into an ass, perform their tricky one-night stand delicately. The choreography, which may be thanked for this, is in the form of a pas de deux which miraculously combines the erotic and the comic.

Rheinische Post

The outstanding ballet ensemble performs wonderfully, technically perfect and full of expression, with Sylvie Sangiorgio and Jörg Simon as Titania and Oberon in the leading parts.