Saturday, May 3, 2008

Midsummer Night's Dream

Turning The Play Into A Ballet

When beginning to choreograph a ballet based on a play the choreographer must take into account the opportunities and limitations that exist for animations in Second Life. In the case of A Midsummer Night's Dream, choreographer Babylon Sierot has chosen to concentrate on the central section of Shakespeare's play, the realm of the faries. It is in the world of these ethereal beings that she feels dance best lends itself to expanding the story. Although some of the complexities of the written word may be lost, the magic, grace and humor of the play find a sure ally in dance. The grace and lightness one associates with a fairy such as Titania are qualities that classical dancers aspire to as well. Dance has also been integrated into these scenes in many versions of the play.

Our first opening happened in Versailles with an incredible audience that requested a second presentation

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