Monday, July 30, 2007

Breakdancing Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
– Breakdancing Shakespeare
Youth Theatre Performance
at Hartford Stage

18 Greater Hartford Area Students
Create Contemporary Take on Classic Play

What: Hartford Stage, in conjunction with the Greater Hartford Arts Council Neighborhood Studios, will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Breakdancing Shakespeare, a special youth theatre performance on Monday, August 6 at 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. on the Tony Award-winning theatre’s MainStage in downtown Hartford.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Breakdancing Shakespeare theatricalizes the theme, “willing to go out of our minds to be in love” using three different forms of expression: breakdancing, rap, and Shakespeare’s language to help make the play immediately accessible to audiences of all ages. The performance is the culmination of a six-week paid rehearsal process at the theatre that involved eighteen Greater Hartford area public school students. Over the course of the summer, the students learned techniques of breakdancing, physical characterization, movement, yoga, rapping, and interpretation of classical text that enabled them to create this new adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that bridges social barriers and celebrates both our individuality and collective humanity.

When: Monday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Where: HartfordStage, 50 Church Street, downtown Hartford

How: The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are needed to enter the theatre. To reserve free tickets or for more information, contact the Hartford Stage Box Office at 860-527-5151. Limit six tickets per person.

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