A Midsummer Night's Dream

On August 20, the dance world will welcome a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and this one is sure to sparkle. The Royal New Zealand Ballet, previously directed by Ethan Stiefel and now lead by former La Scala dancer Francesco Ventriglia, has commissioned Liam Scarlett to choreograph a brand-new version of the comedic, whimsical work.


Karina Gonzalez

Houston Ballet's González in the studio. Photo by Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy Houston Ballet

If you're like me, you had at least one photo of Patricia Barker on your wall growing up. The longtime Pacific Northwest Ballet principal was a fearless, eloquent interpreter of Balanchine works, in particular, and ballet fans around the world could write sonnets about her beautiful feet. Today, she's artistic director of Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan.

Here's a 2001 clip of Barker as Titania in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!