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Susanne Grinder as Hippolyta/Titania.

Midsummer Night's Dream in words and images.Collapse )

Here at the end of my 11-pages-long rambling on this ballet, I will say that I now know what people mean when they mention the first show they saw live in the Takarazuka Revue fandom. As such, I believe A Midsummer Night’s Dream and especially Susanne Grinder’s Hippolyta (and Titania) will always have a special place in my heart, no matter how many other roles I see her in or how many other ballets I will be able to watch in the future.

Mariinsky Ballet, DVD 2007

Odette/Odile: Uliana Lopatkina
Prince Sigfried: Danila Korsuntsev
Jester: Andrei Ivanov
Rothbart: Ilya Kuznetsov

Paris Opera Ballet, DVD 2008

Odette/Odile: Agnés Letestu
Prince Sigfried: José Martinez
Tutor/Rothbart: Karl Paquette

Agnés Letestu as Odette.

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Welcome to A Ballet

A community for reviews of various ballets. As a novice balletomane, I found it hard to pinpoint which shows to buy or go see, and only found reviews of performances by hardcore enthusiasts. This is the place to go for reviews of ballet DVDs and stage performances made by a layperson with only little knowledge of all the fancy terms and names.

Upcoming reviews:


Double Swan Lake review, Mariinsky and Paris Opera Ballet
La Dame aux Camélias, Paris Opera Ballet
Caravaggio, Staatsballett Berlin
La Sylphide, Danish Royal Ballet
Napoli, Danish Royal Ballet
Swan Lake, Staatsballett Berlin
A Midsummer Night's Dream, La Scala

Live Performance:

M/K Ballerina's Serenade, Royal Danish Ballet (22nd of May 2010)
M/K Ballerina's The Cage, Royal Danish Ballet (22nd of May 2010)
M/K Ballerina's Five Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, Royal Danish Ballet (22nd of May 2010)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Danish Ballet**

**) 7th and 8th of January 2011, 16th of February 2011