The City of Austin, Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, in coordination with Austin Shakespeare Festival, presented William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, May 2-26, 2013, FREE to the public at the Zilker Hillside Theatre in Zilker Park, 2201 Barton Springs Road. This dark romance, fueled by the contrast between jealousy and joy, was set in Latin America, staged with tango (choreographed by Gustavo Semplis of Esquina Tango) and culminated in a Brazilian Carnaval with dancers and drummers from Austin Samba.
The Winter’s Tale is a fairy tale story of King Leontes, who becomes insanely jealous of his wife and best friend. In part two, the tale transforms into a comic country carnival with clowns and tricksters.
Austin dance companies Esquina Tango and Austin Samba, co-collaborators on the production invited the audience to learn some dance moves before the show