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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Venue: National Theatre Munich

 
Max-Joseph-Platz 2
80539 M√ľnchen
Germany
 
 
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Composer: William Shakespeare

Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and György Ligeti as well as hurdy-gurdy music 
After William Shakespeare

Why have composers and choreographers been fascinated for decades by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Maybe it is the historical period of the play, maybe the caste system, maybe the versatile stylistic means of writing and the tangled plot? Fairy tale characters like Oberon and Titania fight sensual and witty battles, next to figures from Greek mythology, such as Theseus and Hippolyta which cause great confusion in the life of a clumsy craftsman and a group of lovers from present times.

Choreographer John Neumeier created his version of Sommernachtstraum in 1977 and the piece has been a steady part of the Bavarian State Ballet's repertory since 1993. After a 10 year break, the revival will now return to the stage of the Nationaltheater.
Though the mastermind behind this creation is of American descend, it was made in and for the "Dance Country Germany". Proof lies in its unique and thoughtful, virtuosic approach to developing drama. After all, the complex mixture of musical layers would be worth a separate panel discussion. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's atmospheric musical score for Sommernachtstraum reflects the world of the mortals, while Györgi Ligeti’s siren-esque organ pieces bring to mind the fairy kingdom depicted in Shakespeare's play. The craftsmen's dance is underlined by dominant opera paraphrases for the barrel organ which satirize even the noblest melodies.

As with the musical layers, together with his stage- and costume designer Jürgen Rose, Neumeier mixes the historical settings cleverly. What would be more suited to the sounds of Mendelsohn's score than a sweet Biedermeier set? An olive tree is a perfect symbol of the antique, mythology and fairy tales in one.
John Neumeier's A Midsummer Night’s Dream always has been a wonderful representation of an full-length classical ballet made in the ladder half of the 20th century, the 1970s in Germany. A time of departure from the narrative through Pina Bausch's work – a chapter that is also closed now, and is also being re-examined by today's dance artists and scholars.

 
Program details
 

Choreographie und Inszenierung John Neumeier
Bühne und Kostüme Jürgen Rose
Musik Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy 
György Ligeti 
Musikalische Leitung Michael Schmidtsdorff

Hippolyta/Titania N.N.
Theseus/Oberon N.N.



Soloists and corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet
Bayerisches Staatsorchester  

 
Venue
 
National Theatre Munich
 

The National Theatre Munich (German: Nationaltheater München) is an opera house in Max-Joseph-Platz in Munich, Germany. It is the home of the Bavarian State Opera and the Bayerisches Staatsballett(Bavarian State Ballet).

 

The Bavarian State Opera also performs in the Prinzregententheater, which opened in 1901 and, like the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, is built to Richard Wagner's specifications, and in the Cuvilliés Theatre at the Residenz, constructed in 1751–1753 and described by Thierry Beauvert as "a Rococo gem".

 

The Nationaltheater is very easy to get to both by car and by MVV public transportation. 



By MVV public transportation

S-Bahn: S 1 - 8 Marienplatz
U-Bahn: U 3, 6 Marienplatz, U 3 - 6 Odeonsplatz
Bus: 52, 131 Marienplatz, 100 Odeonsplatz
Straßenbahn: 19 Nationaltheater

On the day of the performance, holders of regular tickets are entitled to use public transport provided by the Münchner Verkehrsverbund (MVV). This service starts at 3 pm respectively three hours before the performance commences and ends with the closing hour of the MVV.



By Car

Take the Altstadt-Ring to Maximilianstraße.

Parking garage Max-Joseph-Platz: open Monday to Sunday from 6:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M.

You can take advantage of the special theatre parking fee of Euro 10,- from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M. by presenting your admission tickets.

 
 
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