BOSTON, MA: Boston Ballet presents "Romeo & Juliet"
BOSTON BALLET PRESENTS John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet
The Timeless Tale of Star-Crossed Lovers Returns
with New Sets and costumes
February 14, 2018 (BOSTON, MA) – Boston Ballet presents John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet inspired by William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of young love and family rivalry March 15–April 8, at the Boston Opera House.
“Cranko’s choreography perfectly matches Shakespeare’s epic romantic tale with Prokofiev’s luscious score,” said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “Through elaborate and complex choreography including gorgeous and intimate pas de deux for the two star-crossed lovers, this ballet showcases the artistry of the Company through their dancing and acting.”
The backdrop to the drama are lavish sets and costumes—new to Boston audiences—by internationally-acclaimed German stage designer Jürgen Rose. These are the original designs from the 1962 production Stuttgart Ballet premiered and marked the first time Cranko and Rose worked together. They would be frequent collaborators throughout their careers.
The ballet is set to Sergei Prokofiev's dramatic score and will be performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra, led by guest conductors Gavriel Heine (Mar 15–25) and Mischa Santora (Mar 29–Apr 8). Heine is a resident conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia and music director of Northern Lights Festival Opera in Minnesota. Santora is the artistic director of the Spotlight Concerts at MacPhail Center for Music and the Minneapolis Music Company. Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet has been praised as “arguably the best dance treatment, at least in the West, of Prokofiev’s celebrated ballet score” by Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times.
Cranko (1927–1973) was a celebrated choreographer serving as ballet director for Stuttgart Ballet for 12 years. He was a mentor to several renowned dancers and choreographers during his tenure as director, including John Neumeier, Jiří Kylián, and William Forsythe. He was also a champion of the narrative ballet with his easy-to-follow stories, colorful characters, and use of dance as a representation of life. His most popular works include Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Onegin, all of which are in Boston Ballet’s repertoire.
Boston Ballet premiered Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet in 2008 and performed it again in 2011 to rave reviews. Karen Campbell of The Boston Globe described it as a “gorgeous production [that] highlights elegant choreography and vivid storytelling.”
All 15 performances of Romeo & Juliet will take place at the Boston Opera House (539 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111):
- Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm
- Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm
- Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm*
- Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 1:30 pm
- Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm
- Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm
*indicates post-show talk with artists
Tickets start at $35. For more information, visit bostonballet.org or call 617.695.6955.
Romeo & Juliet performance length is approximately two hours and 45 minutes including two intermissions.
Conducted by Gavriel Heine (Mar 15–25) and Mischa Santora (Mar 29–Apr 8)
Choreography: John Cranko
Based on the tragedy by William Shakespeare
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Sets and Costume Design: Jürgen Rose
Lighting Design: Kevin Dreyer
Staging: Jane Bourne
Supervised by Reid Anderson
Copyright: Dieter Graefe
World premiere: Dec 2, 1962, Stuttgart Ballet
Boston Ballet premiere: Feb 14, 2008, Wang Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts
Sabi Varga, Misa Kuranaga, and Nelson Madrigal in John Cranko's Romeo & Juliet; photo by Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy Boston Ballet
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