Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A dream

It isn't often that one gets to say "That may have been the most beautiful thing I've ever seen" with tears in one's eyes, but I had the opportunity tonight, after American Ballet Theater's performance of Frederick Ashton's 1964 "A Dream," to Mendelssohn's incidental music to "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Everything about it is exquisite. I got tickets for this cast - Gillian Murphy, David Hallberg, and Herman Cornejo as Titania, Oberon and Puck, respectively - because of a glowing review in the Times three weeks, and am so glad I did. Magic, pathos, humor, love, all with such beauty!

(It's available on DVD in a 2004 production, though not on Netflix.)

(The Times' Alastair MaCauley found it "the highlight of the season"!)

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