Ballet BC presents a contemporary take on Romeo + Juliet

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Romeo + Juliet | Ballet BC | Queen Elizabeth Theatre | February 21 – 24, 2018 

French choreographer Medhi Walerski is a Ballet BC regular. The company has performed his Petite Cérémonie, Prelude and Natus, and all were instantly popular with audiences. He returns for a full-length commission, Romeo + Juliet. Due to popular demand, a special preview performance was added before the three-night run. 

 

This classic Shakespeare story ballet was first performed in 1938 and has seen many remounts and adaptations. Walerski’s version will be set to Sergei Prokofiev’s original score and weave complex imagery with poetic characterizations to bring the story of two star-crossed lovers to life. Themes of love, fate, and forgiveness will shine in this contemporary version of the classic love story. Their tale is timeless and relates to many persistent conflicts in our current context.  

 

Walerski is joined by a team of collaborators for his first full-length narrative ballet including the Dutch set and lighting designer Theun Mosk and the Arts Umbrella Graduate Dance Program

 

It’s no surprise that powerhouse dancer Emily Chessa has been cast as Juliet along with Brandon Alley as Romeo. The two will make a great pair, and it will be refreshing to see the company in a full-length narrative work.

 

For tickets and more information, visit balletbc.com.  

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