Miami City Ballet is giving George
Balanchine’s classic A Midsummer
Night’s Dream a makeover—by
moving the forest environment
underwater. To celebrate its
30th-anniversary season, MCB
tapped internationally acclaimed
artists Michele Oka Doner to
create original costumes and sets,
and Tarell Alvin McCraney for
dramatic direction. Doner, a Miami
native, used the ocean floor as
inspiration for the aquatic
scenery—a Floridian theme that
will literally take Shakespeare’s
lovers to new depths.
Dives into the Sea
Titania in A
A charmingly natural actress, Miami City
Ballet corps member Samantha Galler has
already tackled some of the ballet world’s
biggest characters, mastering complex roles
with subtle finesse. The Bedford, MA, native
grew up studying under Frances Kotelly at The
Ballet Academy, Inc., where she perfected her
technique before performing for six seasons with
the Northeast Youth Ballet. After a short stint at
Cincinnati Ballet, she moved to Alabama Ballet,
where she danced for five seasons and
performed dream roles such as Juliet in Romeo
and Juliet, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and the
Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. Galler joined
Miami City Ballet in 2014, and this month will
dance Hermia in George Balanchine’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Read on
for The Dirt. —CB
with Samantha Galler
What performer would you drop
everything to go see?
If you could work with any dancer,
past or present, who would it be?
What are your must-see TV shows?
If you weren’t a dancer, what would
Who would play you in a movie?
Who is your dance crush?
Dance-wise, do you have any bad
What’s the most important thing in
your dance bag?
Do you have any pre-performance
What was your most embarrassing
What has been the hardest thing
about preparing for A Midsummer
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Check out dancespirit.com for more interesting answers from Galler!