Minnesota Ballet’s “Midsummer” is a return to normalcy with new leadership

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The Minnesota Ballet is gearing up for the start of their season with the Shakespearian classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For many the performance feels special under new leadership, Karl von Rabenau, and a return to normalcy for the company.

“We’ve been working at this for three years because of the pandemic, so we’re pretty excited that we’re in the final stages of doing this,” Karl tells us. And they’re getting some help from guest choreographer Bruce Wells, who was one of the first people that von Rabenau called when he accepted his role as Artistic Director, saying he’s an excellent story teller.

“I think it’s one of the things that people who are unsure about ballet and dance, it’s like, well, I don’t understand it. I don’t want to feel stupid.” Wells tells WDIO, “Well, I don’t want you to feel stupid either. So the amount of pantomime I have is to the minimum. And it’s very clear it would be very hard for you to miss what was going on.”

The show runs October 28-29 at the DECC Symphony Hall. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.