Week of May 24-28, 2021
The Dream Week
This week ABTKids Daily celebrates Frederick Ashton’s remarkable one-act ballet The Dream. It is based on William Shakespeare’s famous comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was originally written and performed around 1596.
While Ashton’s ballet was created in England for The Royal Ballet in 1964, it didn’t join ABT’s repertoire until 2002. The production was staged by Sir Anthony Dowell, who originated the role of Oberon in the original 1964 production.
This week we will get to the BOTTOM of one of the most beloved ballets in ABT’s repertoire by speaking with Ethan Stiefel and Julio Bragado-Young, who are both featured in the PBS production Great Performances: Dance in America filming of the The Dream in 2003.