Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has long inspired choreographers to adapt it for the ballet medium, the intensity of its drama, enduring nature of its themes and, more germanely, its vivid and powerful characterization, providing a perfect vehicle for dance.
The ballet has been an audience favourite ever since it came to the National Ballet in 1964, and the company’s new version, by the exciting Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, which premiered in 2011 to ecstatic acclaim, only enhances its position in the repertoire. Ratmansky’s work is known for its mastery of the classical vocabulary, yet he is equally adept at employing that vocabulary for fresh, modern effects.
Set to Prokofiev’s famously rich and magisterial score, Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet plumbs the layered and affecting depths of the story’s title characters in all of their tragic power, illuminating Shakespeare’s vision and creating an inimitable work of dance theatre that ballet-lovers will long treasure.
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