Krzysztof Pastor's critically acclaimed modern rendition of the ballet Romeo and Juliet is to be performed at Warsaw's Grand Theatre-National Opera from 7th March, then at Chicago's the Auditorium on 30th April.
On 7th March, the show will be performed by the Polish National Ballet and will appear in the repertoire of the Grand Theatre. The role of Juliet will be performed by Maria Żuk, and the role of Romeo will by played by Vladimir Yaroshenko. Łukasz Borowicz will conduct the Orchestra of the Grand Theatre.
The ballet will also head stateside with a series of performances by the famous Joffrey Ballet. On 30th April, Romeo and Juliet will have its première in Chicago's The Auditorium, and will run until 11th May.
Scottish Ballet: Romeo and Juliet 2010 - Trailer from Scottish Ballet on Vimeo.
Krzysztof Pastor’s choreography to Romeo and Juliet, with music by Sergei Prokofiev, was created especially for the Scottish Ballet in 2008. The libretto was authored by Krzysztof Pastor and Willem Bruls. The première performance took place in Edinburgh and the ballet proved to be successful in the following UK tour. The performance was well received by the British critics. “breathtaking - a triumph”, “Exploding with passion”, “stroke of genius” – said headlines afterwards.
Shakespeare wrote the story with the strong political overtones. That’s why there are so many issues concerning conflict and the struggle for power. I think that living in the twenty-first century, in the reality that surrounds us, working on the next romantic version of the play does not make sense. At the same time we didn’t want to create another summary of Romeo and Juliet which can be found everywhere. We wanted to show our personal relationship to reality. We have not changed much in the libretto, but we moved the action to the 30s, 50s, 60s and 90s of the twentieth century. So Romeo and Juliet are, in our show, alive forever, even though they live in different times.- explained Pastor.
Source: PAP.pl, ed. LS; translated: Katarzyna Maksimiuk, 28.02.2014
The Poster: Adam Żebrowski | photo: Łukasz Murgrabia | in the photo: Maria Żuk and Vladimir Yaroshenko