A Midsummer Night’s Dream

World Premiere
New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
Proof of vaccination required including booster, if eligible.

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American Repertory Ballet proudly presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a new ballet conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel. Set to Felix Mendelssohn’s iconic score, with additional music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, this enchanting production will transport audiences to a fantastical forest filled with fairies, elves, mischief and romance, joy and love.

The full-length ballet will be played live by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Kenneth Bean.

“The story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is such a treat to watch or perform, and I’m thrilled to portray Oberon for the first time in such a brilliant new version created by the one and only Ethan Stiefel.”
– Gillian Murphy

Ethan Stiefel is an internationally renowned Dancer, Instructor, Coach, Director and Choreographer. Stiefel was the Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) from 2011-2014. Just prior to being appointed the RNZB’s Artistic Director, Stiefel served as Dean of the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). 


In select performances, ARB’s Artistic Associate and American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina Gillian Murphy will dance the role of Oberon, leader of the elves.

Gillian Murphy’s appointment is made possible by Lewis and Genevieve Geyser.

Photo of Gillian Murphy as Oberon by Harald Schrader 



American Repertory Ballet's A Midsummer Night's Dream is made possible by a generous gift from leading sponsor Norah Orphanides. Additional support for the production comes from The Hyde and Watson Foundation and Jan Schadrack and Ngoc Nguyen. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.

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