And in this way, during this midsummer night, the boundaries between people, animals and fairy-tale characters are blurred. Passion and desire rule, and never-ending love suddenly turns into deadly hatred, only to become once again the truest love of all. Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is nothing but a powerful amorous intoxication, an emotional nightmare, and at the same time a beautiful dream, in which nothing is as it might have seemed.
“Admittedly there is a lot of nudity here together with dark desires but Shakespeare’s magic forest sparkles with a wealth of colours and hues like it once did under Max Reinhardt, but we are not talking here about wild, animalistic or even pornographic excesses. This is a Renaissance picture full of grace, beauty and tamed passions, enriched with music, pantomime, dance theatre and complemented by a text that is full of rhythms. The costumes and set design by Katarzyna Borkowska are nothing but a dream: three great shells swim across a painted, ideal landscape. Sometimes they are as closed as oysters, sometimes open like a love-bed – they serve as a place for erotic meanderings.”
Martin Halter, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”