Juliet and Romeo (Julia och Romeo)
Royal Swedish Ballet
June 01 - 04. The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington, DC.
June 10 - 12. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
The Royal Swedish Ballet, one of Europe’s first and most revered ballet companies. This production provides a contemporary twist and retelling of Shakespeare's most treasured and tragic love story (Romeo and Juliet).
Juliet and Romeo was created in honor of the Royal Swedish Ballet’s 240th anniversary in 2013 and garnered the 2015 Olivier Award winner for Best New Dance Production. “For a long time no choreographer has produced such a beautiful gift,” declared Tanz Magazine. This tour marks the company’s second visit to the Center, they last performed here in 1999. Pacific Symphony will perform, conducted by Eva Ollikainen, who conducts for the Royal Swedish Ballet and many other orchestras and opera companies in Europe.
Swedish choreographer Mats Ek is a master of interpreting beloved classics in bold and insightful new ways through contemporary dance. He has also received great acclaim with his daring productions of Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. His latest work, Juliet and Romeo, is performed to rearranged extracts from Tchaikovsky’s score, and is minimally set with stark staging that imparts a gritty and urban feel. The 32 dynamic dancers don Renaissance-meets-Street style costumes, including jeans, hoodies and metallic materials meant to evoke the themes of conflict and war.
Choreography: Mats Ek.
Music: Pjotr Tjajkovskij i urval av Mats Ek, arranged by Anders Högstedt.
Production Design & costumes: Magdalena Åberg.
Light: Linus Fellbom.
For more information about the performance: www.operan.se/juliaromeo
Selected Reviews of Juliet and Romeo
“I wasn’t sure the world needed another dance version of Shakespeare’s tale of star cross’d lovers…But then I saw Mats Ek’s Juliet & Romeo and had my mind conclusively changed,” exclaimed The Telegraph.