The famous ballet Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was created after Shakespeare’s drama, one of the most beautiful, tragic and widely read stories in the history of world literature. Many composers have written music for ballets or operas about the unlucky lovers who meet their deaths at a tragically young age because of the dispute between their families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Prokofiev’s ballet, for which he also wrote most of the libretto, belongs to the classics of the ballet art form. This masterpiece of exquisite and rich artistic expression made it possible for Shakespeare’s characters to dance, which brought a completely new dimension to them. This ballet, first premiered in 1940, marks a new page in ballet history. The newest version of this ballet will be presented on the Zagreb stage by Patrice Bart, in a production guided by his characteristic classical handwriting. This renowned French choreographer of exceptional reputation, whose work has been famously performed on stages all over the world, has created, with the Zagreb ballet ensemble, a poignant, monumental, and powerful production of carefully nuanced details in a rich dance and scenic expression, which has reminded many critics of the perfection of cinema.
— Zagreb Theatre has gained a world-class production! —
Jutarnji list, March 2016
— The scenes of conflict in Romeo and Juliet are worthy of a Hollywood film. —
Večernji list, April 2016