I Love You, and You, and You

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.

Wed., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 13, 8 p.m., 2014

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