Ballet Jorgen's Gabriel Ritzmann returns to Coastal City Ballet in A Midsummer's Night Dream. Photo by David Cooper.
Ballet Jorgen's Gabriel Ritzmann returns to Coastal City Ballet in A Midsummer's Night Dream. Photo by David Cooper.

Coastal City Ballet closes its season with Irene Schneider’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Based on Shakespeare’s comedy, this modern ballet is set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn.

Providing performance opportunities for emerging dancers since 2011, in this season finale, Coastal City Ballet will not only showcase current dancers, but welcomes back graduates who have gone onto professional careers around the world.

Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. The manpower

The ballet features a contingent of eleven male dancers, a rarity in Vancouver.

2. The design

The set has become a character in its own right, requiring separate practice time outside regular rehearsals. Along with eight large drapes covering the wings, there are 14 “tree” drops powered by dancers throughout the performance. German designer Stefan Stanisic is responsible for the handcrafted costumes, with each fairy getting a unique costume to match their personality.

3. The professionals

Several former members of Coastal City Ballet, who have gone on to professional careers, are returning for the production. This includes Gabriel Ritzmann (Ballet Jorgen), Emilie Siqueira (Ballet Nevada), Yoko Kanomata (Atlanta Ballet) and Ana Paula Oioli (Thueringen Ballet).

4. The story

The most-performed Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the family-friendly  story of two sets of lovers who flee the city for the forest, and become entangled in a lover’s quarrel between the Fairy King and Queen.

5. The FOMO

With sold out shows in 2016 and 2017, history has shown tickets to the company’s season finales can be a hot commodity.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream plays the Vancouver Playhouse on May 19 and at the Surrey Arts Centre on June 8. Visit coastalcityballet.com for tickets and information.

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