301 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102
Category: Music Venues
Region: Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin
He loves her. He loves her, too. She loves him. He doesn't love her. Love is when you leave everything else behind. Love is meaningless and arbitrary, a whim, a trick, a spell cast. From Helena's declaration, "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind," to the fairy Puck's disgusted conclusion, "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream offers the range of love's happy endings, whether tried and true or helped along with a little love juice. Last seen only a year ago as guests of the San Francisco Ballet, Hamburg Ballet returns for a limited engagement to present artistic director and choreographer John Neumeier's 1977 adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Using both Felix Mendelssohn's romantic score and the dissonant contemporary music of György Ligeti, the production promises properly clothed Athenians and weird fairies shimmering with iridescent scales.