Albany/Berkshires– More than a dozen artists from all around the U.S. have arrived in the region and begun working with Paula Weber on creating Albany Berkshire Ballet’s first new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in more than 20 years.
Dancers will work with Weber from now to August developing and rehearsing the production, alternating between ABB’s studio spaces in Albany and Pittsfield, Mass.
“It has been a number of years since Albany Berkshire Ballet has invested this heavily in employing artists throughout the year to connect the community with dance,” says Associate Artistic Director Mary Talmi. “We’re very excited to take this step.”
The cast for Midsummer includes many returning company dancers, including all five dancers most recently with ABB for the Spring season’s Process & Performance initiative (Jan-May), along with ten other new and returning professional dancers from around the country. Anna Acker, Shane Horan, Vincent Brewer, Marie Buser, Kayleigh Danowski, Kaila Feldpausch, Christine Geren, Allegra Holland, Timur Kan, Jai Mason, Lisa McBride, Leonardo Victorino Moraes, Kerry Piaggione, Gigi Robinson, Ruslan Sprague, Danielle Troyano, Rachel Weber
Company bios can be found online at AlbanyBerkshireBallet.org/Company/
In addition to the professional cast, students 6-11 from both Albany and Berkshire areas began rehearsal for the production last week, and will have the opportunity to perform as faeries alongside the company dancers.
Aug 23 , 7:30PM – Albany, NY – The Egg
Aug 31, 7:30PM – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music
Sep 7, 7:30PM – Pittsfield, MA – Colonial Theatre
Tickets: $30- 45
For tickets or more information: https://berkshireballet.org/tickets/
Albany Berkshire Ballet 1969-2019
Nationally recognized for its versatility and excellence, Albany Berkshire Ballet has presented the finest in classical and contemporary ballet for audiences throughout the Northeast for over 50 years. ABB works to promote the work of diverse choreographers, initiate new repertory, and educate the public- particularly youth- about this form of artistic expression.