The Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (Live)

November 20th, 2017 by PRatt
January 21, 2018 @ 12:55 pm

(Russia, 2018) Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky. Libretto by Adrian Piotrovsky, Sergei Radlov and Sergei Prokofiev, based on the tragedy by William Shakespeare. Cast: The principals and corps de ballet of the Bolshoi Ballet. Cast Updates.

Live from Moscow! On the legendary stage of the Bolshoi Theater, see Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet in three acts of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of ill-fated young lovers, in its premiere staging in Russia. The Bolshoi’s former artistic director (who is now artist-in-residence at NYC’s American Ballet Theatre) clears away the cobwebs from older versions, featuring less mime and more pure dance. Although the love story of Romeo and Juliet and their feuding clans is set in 17th century Verona, Prokofiev’s brooding music is steeped in his ambivalent love for post-revolutionary Russia. “Ratmansky knows what Prokofiev’s score can express about the highs (and lows) of love; better yet, he knows how to let this come to life fully and provocatively inside the body.” – Bruce Zinger, Toronto Globe and Mail.

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