It is not often that audiences see a man dancing en pointe, let alone a donkey. But that is exactly the type of wonder one encounters while watching Sir Frederick Ashton’s 1964 one-act ballet, “The Dream,” said Bonnie Crosby, co-founding president of the Chautauqua Dance Circle.
The role of Bottom the donkey is danced by a male dancer en pointe — the shoes creating the clip-clop of a donkey’s hooves — wearing a donkey head.
“It’s amusing, it’s childish, but it’s so well done,” Crosby said.
After showing an excerpt of the piece last season in a lecture about Shakespearean ballets, Crosby said she knew she had to show the whole ballet at some point, which is why she chose to show it for this week’s CDC program.Continue reading