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Romeo and Juliet

Sergej Prokofjew

by Reginaldo Oliveira, inspired by William Shakespeare

Premiere 22/02/2020 / Salzburg State Theatre

Synopsis

In Verona two families have been feuding for generations: the Montagues and the Capulets. The son of the one family falls ins love with none other than the daughter of the other family. It is an “undying” love, as they say. A love that cannot be explained to their friends and families. When the patriarch of the Capulets selects a husband for his daughter Juliet, she sees only one way out: She desperately tries to flee the inevitability of the demands of social etiquette by faking her own death. But her seemingly perfect plan ends fatally. Romeo and Juliet are arguably the world’s most famous couple. But isn’t their young love actually fuelled by the insurmountable obstacles they face? A society that preserves a feud for generations can breed not only searing hatred, but also boundless love. Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” seems made to be transposed into dance. Reginaldo Oliveira’s latest work traces the story of an unconditional love in hopeless circumstances with his very own powerful theatrical imagination and emotional language of dance, accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev’s music.

“Romeo and Juliet” premiered in Brno in 1938 and is still seen as a highlight in the musical oeuvre of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953). The rich and varied instrumentation, the rhythmic complexity of the score and the masterful melodic diversity combined with psychological clarity make Sergei Prokofiev’s composition one of the greatest ballet works of the 20th century.

Following his interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Othello”, which was a great success with critics and audiences alike, Reginaldo Oliveira now turns to another play by the famous Renaissance poet. With stage designer Sebastian Hannak and costume designer Judith Adam he reunites the artistic team who also created the impressive imagery for his “Othello”.