Mercyhurst Dancers present: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 6:35 AM
Mercyhurst Dancers present: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Rebecca Styn

“And though she be but little, she is fierce!”

Fantasy, fairies, and sprites abound in this classic comedy that portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and his bride-to-be, Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. One of Shakespeare’s most beloved works, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is full of mysticism, mystery, and romance. Crossed lovers, meaningless quarrels, and love triangles flourish. In European folklore, a midsummer night is the only night of the year when supernatural beings are out and about and can interact with the real world. 

And therefore, dear mortals, we advise you enter at your own risk. 

To kick off the evening, twelve of the department’s dancers will be showcased in the world premiere of Pixels, choreographed by internationally renowned choreographer Rick McCullough. “Pixels will open the program with a contemporary portrayal of pixies impishly frolicking and casting amusing magical spells of glee and happiness,” says Artistic Director Tauna Hunter. “Rick was wonderful to work with, challenging the dancers with precision, while exploring the music of Steve Reich’s Drumming.”

Following that will be the stunning presentation given by The Mercyhurst Dancers to Felix Mendelssohn’s uplifting score to the surreal Shakespearian classic romantic comedy.  

The dance department is partnering with the Regional Cancer Center for this production to raise awareness of cancer in the Erie community. In addition, following the Friday and Saturday evening performances, attendees will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the dancers and choreographers at the “Talk Back” session. 

4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 // Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, 501 E. 38th St. // 824.3000

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