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Vancouver's Coastal City Ballet brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream alive with dance

Are you looking to kick the summer off right with some mischief, magic and misadventure?

If so, look no further than Coastal City Ballet’s newly commissioned choreographic vision of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, coming to a theatre near you — if you live in Maple Ridge or North Vancouver.

You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of Coastal City Ballet.

After all, it’s only in its second season. But artistry loves company — and our neck of the woods could always use more of it.

CCB, according to its website, is a Vancouver-based pre-professional ballet company that provides young aspiring dancers with pro-level performance and training opportunities.

This particular production — which rounds out the company’s sophomore season — is choreographed by Irene Schneider, former artistic director of Germany’s Magdeburg Ballet.

“Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is among his most beloved plays,” says CCB artistic director, Li Yaming.

“His beautiful words dance on the page with their depictions of impassioned lovers, graceful fairies and harrowing forest chases.

“With this production, we aim to translate the elegance of his language into the joyous, expressive form that is dance.”

Coastal City Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at ACT in Maple Ridge on Sunday, May 5; and at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver on Tuesday, May 7. Tickets are $30; $22 students/seniors. More information at CoastalCityBallet.com.

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