By Maria Gregoriou
Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings images of floating pixies and people transformed into animals to mind, so an overture of the same name – and based on the play – will most probably do the same.
There is really only one way to find out and that is to go to a performance of the overture – and a bit of theatre too – on Thursday at THOC in Nicosia at 8.30pm or, if Limassol makes more sense to you, to the Rialto Theatre on Friday.
The Overture was composed by Felix Mendelssohn when he was just 17-years-old at his family home in Berlin.
The work encapsulates characters and events that take place in the drama and, by doing so, rightly brings to mind the fairy world created by Shakespeare.
Seventeen years later, in 1843, Mendelssohn composed his Incidental music to Shakespeare’s same play, commissioned by the King of Prussia, Frederick William IV, for a new production of the work. The music comprises not only full-length pieces for the scene changes, but also settings of the song texts in the play, dances and short melodramas.
Nowadays, Mendelssohn’s ‘Overture and Incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, are rarely performed in conjunction with the play they were designed to accompany.
So, with this being said, you can see why these two performances as part of the Kypria International Festival 2015, are a real treat for those who love to let music carry them away to a far away land.
The Polyfonia Chamber Chori will be led by conductor Alkis Baltas, while soloists Tasoula Vorka and Anoki von Arx will also take to the stage.
The actors Niovi Charalambous, Andreas Tselepos, Antonia Charalambous and Costas Silvestros will be directed by Athina Katsiou.
Midsummer Night’s Dream
A theatrical and musical performance based on Shakespeare’s work. September 24. THOC, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10/5. In Greek. Tel: 70-002212
September 25. Rialto theatre, Limassol