'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Steampunk Version Debuts this Weekend

The CONNetic Dance production includes many West Hartford students from the Ballet Theatre Company.


Megan Leary and Margot Paul of Berlin will be performing in CONNetic Dance's contemporary steampunk version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on the summer solstice on June 23 at the Aetna Theater in the Wadsworth Atheneum.  

Performances are at 2pm and 8pm. This event is sponsored by CTNow.com.  

Leary will play the role of one of Fairy King Oberon's fairies. Paul will play the role of one of Fairy Queen Titania's fairies.

Many West Hartford students from Ballet Theatre Company, including Alison Greene, Kelsey Hammond, Amy Hidalgo, Mirielle Keough-Crane, Isabelle LeConche, Riley Liburd, Morgan Lloyd, Olivia Lucas, Mollie Petrizzo, Lilianne Rojek, Maya Rose, and Sarah Stone-Zelman also appear in this production.

CONNetic Dance, Hartford area's premiere contemporary dance company, brings their unique vision and choreography to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." With steampunk set design by artist Geoff Houghton and elaborate steampunk costumes and accessories-this production is sure to bring the fantastical wonder of Shakespeare's fairyland to life in an incredibly original way!

Steampunk is a genre growing in popularity which incorporates elements of fantasy and science fiction with innovations based on a Victorian-era perspective of fashion, culture, and art. Think of the fictional machines from works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. It's a perfect concept fit for "Midsummer Night's Dream" which plays with the contrast of society, the mechanicals, and fantasy land of fairies. Featuring a giant blimp floating overhead on stage and a swing as part of the original choreography by Director Carolyn Paine this is not a show you will want to miss, especially because it is being performed on the summer solstice Midsummer Night! So come support the arts and celebrate the longest day of the year with CONNetic Dance with a truly captivating performance.

Actor Lawrence Fishburne's son, Langston Fishburne, plays the lead role of the Fairy King Oberon in this production. In addition, Roman Baca, veteran Marine dance instructor has the lead role of Nick Bottom, the Fairy Queen Titania's human love interest. 

Tickets are available through CONNetic's site www.conneticdance.com or by calling 860-251-9194.


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