Shakespeare Ballets

Check out video clips from ballets based on Shakespeare plays:

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet – Tamara Rojo & Carlos Acosta – Act I, Scene 2 (Dance of the Knights)
Title of Work: Romeo and Juliet
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Act and Scene: Act 1, Scene 2
Date of Performance: 2007
Location of Performance: London Royal Opera House, London, England
Dancers:  Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta, José Martin, et. al.
Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
Date published or posted online: Oct 25, 2010
Publisher: Stupeur Alice
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGnuVerNLSA
More Info: Wikipedia entry. Movie produced by BBC, with Ross MacGibbon as director for screen.

 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet – Ball Scene (Macmillan)
Title of Work: Romeo and Juliet
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Act and Scene: Act 1, Scene 2
Date of Performance: 2007
Location of Performance: London Royal Opera House, London, England
Dancers:  Tamara Rojo, Carlos Acosta, José Martin, et. al.
Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
Date published or posted online: Jan 9, 2011
Publisher: Y1MT
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVwXXPFdoX4
More Info: Wikipedia entry. Movie produced by BBC, with Ross MacGibbon as director for screen.

 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: “Balcony Scene” from Act II of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn)
Title of Work: Romeo and Juliet
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Act and Scene: Act 2, Scene 2
Date of Performance: 1966
Location of Performance: London Royal Opera House, London, England
Dancers:  Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, et. al.
Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
Date published or posted online: Oct 19, 2010
Publisher: josecanyusi
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtBRN5BXt6o
More Info: Wikipedia entry. Originally performed in 1965, filmed by Paul Czinner in 1966.

 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: Romeo & Julija Dance of the Knights Youri Vámos
Title of Work: Romeo and Juliet
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Act and Scene: Act 1, Scene 2
Date of Performance: 1999
Location of Performance: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Dancers: Deutsche Oper am Rhein Dance Company
Choreographer: Youri Vámos (Joyce Cuoco)
Conductor: Not available
Date published or posted online: Oct 28, 2009
Publisher: Catherine Paull     
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbSo5Ym2EF8
More Info:  Set in the twenties.

 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Trailer
Title of Work: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn (Overture), others
Act and Scene: Montage
Date of Performance: April 2011
Location of Performance: Boston Opera House, Boston, MA
Dancers: Boston Ballet Dance Company; John Lam, Misa Kuranaga, Jared Redick, Lia Cirio, Lorna Feijoo, Gabor Kapin, et. al.
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Conductor: Nir Kabaretti
Date published or posted online: Aug 31, 2010
Publisher: BostonBallet1963
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5FCtVBxRvQ
More Info: Mikko Nissinen as Artistic Director. Overture composed by Felix Mendelssohn, with additional scores pulled by Balanchine. Filmed by ArtHaus Musik DVD.

 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Gwinnett Ballet Theatre
Title of Work: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Act and Scene: Montage
Date of Performance: March 2011
Location of Performance: Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, Duluth, GA
Dancers: Maggie Ellington, Paul Appleman, David Blumenthal, Jody Blevins, et. al.
Choreographer: Thom Clower
Conductor: Predrag Gosta
Date published or posted online:  Mar 5, 2011
Publisher: pointedvd
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpCU-PRlnAI
More Info: film from Pointe DVD
 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: Minnesota Ballet – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Title of Work: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Act and Scene: Montage
Date of Performance: March 2011
Location of Performance: University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Marshall Performing Arts Center, Duluth, MN
Dancers: Minnesota Ballet Company, local children performed as sprites and pixies
Choreographer: Robert Gardner
Conductor: Jack Bowman
Date published or posted online:  Mar 30, 2011
Publisher: Minnesota Ballet
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67DJjlaKfJQ
More Info: Performance sponsored by North Shore Bank of Commerce; grants from the John T. and Elizabeth C. Adams Arts Fund of the Duluth superior Area Community Foundation, and Minnesota Power Foundation.

 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: Dancer’s Commentary-A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Title of Work: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Act and Scene: Montage
Date of Performance: April 2014
Location of Performance: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle, WA
Dancers: Carla Körbes, Ezra Thomson; PNB Company
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Conductor: Emil de Cou, Allan Dameron
Date published or posted online:  Apr 7, 2011
Publisher: Pacific Northwest Ballet
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7SmMDIjddE
More Info: A performance by the Pacific Northwest Ballet; video clip of dance rehearsal featuring Carla Körbes as Tatiana and Ezra Thomson in a donkey head as Bottom

 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: PNB’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream-Hippolyta
Title of Work: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Act and Scene: Montage
Date of Performance: April 2014
Location of Performance: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle, WA
Dancers: Ariana Lallone, Brittany Reid, PNB Company
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Conductor: Emil de Cou, Allan Dameron
Date published or posted online:  Apr 1, 2011
Publisher: Pacific Northwest Ballet
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5LCyNS2KaY
More Info: A performance by the Pacific Northwest Ballet; video clip of Hippolyta dancers practicing in rehearsal

 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: Rosella Hightower in Merry Wives of Windsor
Title of Work: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Act and Scene: Overture
Release Date: 1966
Where Filmed: Austria 
Director: Georg Tressler
Director of Photography: Hannes Staudinger
Screenplay: Norman Foster
Performers: Rosella Hightower (with Normal Foster)
Choreographer: Rosella Hightower (with Honoria Plesch)
Music Score: Otto Nicolai
Conductor: Milan Horvath
Orchestra: Zagreb Philharmonic
Production Company: Wien Film
Date published or posted online: Aug 7, 2008
Publisher: jkircher314
Source URL: http://youtu.be/bid8Vb39oms
More Info: a ballet and opera performance by Otto Nicolai, based off of Shakespeare’s original play.

 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: Ballet Cymru: ‘The Tempest’
Title of Work: The Tempest
Composer: Jean Sibelius
Act and Scene:  Montage
Date of Performance: June 2012
Location of Performance: Tour around England
Dancers: Ballet Cymru Welsh Ballet Company
Choreographer: Darius James (assistant Amy Doughty)
Conductor: Not available
Date published or posted online: Jan 5, 2013
Publisher: Patricia Vallis
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_v3t1UrdmM
More Info: Nominated for Best Independent Company for the National Dance Awards, 2012

 

 

 

Video Clip Details

Title of Clip: The Tempest Replica l Kidd Pivot
Title of Work: The Tempest
Composer: Owen Belton
Act and Scene:  Montage
Date of Performance: October 2011
Location of Performance: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
Dancers: Eric Beauchesne , Bryan Arias, Sandra Marin Garcia, Yannick Matthon , Jiri Pokorny , Cindy Salgado, Jermaine Maurice Spivey , Lea Wiedenhofer
Choreographer: Crystal Pite (assistant Carl Staaf)
Conductor: Not available
Date published or posted online: Sep 19, 2013
Publisher: La DSR
Source URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSbGCRCqcok
More Info: 80 minutes, no intermission. Kidd Pivot is a contemporary dance company out of Vancouver, Canada. They have a partnership with the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, Germany, and perform productions (like this one) in Germany.


For other examples of dancing in Shakespeare plays, those of his contemporaries, and Shakespeare-inspired performances see our YouTube channel: ShakespeareAndDance at http://www.youtube.com/user/ShakespeareAndDance.


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