Re-runs of the monumental Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Patrice Bart, the famous French choreographer and long-term member of the Ballet of the Paris Opera that was sold out last season, is back on the repertoire from February 16, 2018. The premiere of the production was held on March 19, 2016 in the year of the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare.
The cast is Miruna Miciu as Juliet, Guilherme Gameiro Alves as Romeo, George Stanciu as Tybalt, Takuya Sumitomo as Mercutio, Simon Yoshida as Benvoglio, Duilio Ingraffia as Paris, Natalia Horsnell as Lady Capulet, Azamat Nabiullin as Lord Capulet, Milka Hribar Bartolović as Lady Montague, Andrej Izmestjev as Lord Montague, Rieka Suzuki as Rosalinde, Martina Fici as the Nurse, Andrej Barbanov as Friar Laurence et al.
The next re-runs are scheduled for February 17, 19, 22 and 27, 2018.
Ballet Romeo and Juliet is a lyrical story of the tragic Veronese lovers with music composed by Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev which has been an uninterrupted inspiration to many generations of choreographers and directors since its creation in 1938. This famous ballet work was created after Shakespeare’s drama Romeo and Juliet, one of the loveliest, most tragic and mostly read stories of world literature that has been serving as an inexhaustible well of inspiration for more than four centuries to authors in various artistic areas. Many composers have written music for ballet or opera on the theme of the unhappy lovers who at the beginning of their lives tragically end them because of the conflict between their families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Prokofiev’s ballet, after the libretto of Adrian Piotrovsky and Sergei Radlov is a masterpiece of exceptional and rich artistic expression. Prokofiev’s music enabled dancers to dance Shakespeare and his characters have thus gained a new dimension. This ballet opened an entirely new page in the history of ballet art. The work had its world premiere outside Russia, in Brno on December 30, 1938. It was revised in 1940 and performed at the Mariinsky theatre in Leningrad of that time in the choreography of Leonid Lavrovsky. This is the sixth production of this most famous ballet love story with a tragic ending at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. The first production took place already in 1948, only a few years after the final editing of the score in the choreography of Margareta Froman and the same performance was presented to the London audience by the Zagreb Ballet in 1955 who saw Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet for the first time. In 1964 choreographer Dimitrije Parlić brought to Zagreb his version of the ballet, while in 1972 Ivica Sertić staged his version. In 1983 Waczlaw Orlykowski staged this ballet that had its premiere at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and in 2002 Dinko Bogdanić staged his version of this title. Each of the above mentioned productions was based on the classical ballet expression, dramaturgically following Shakespeare’s literary model. The latest choreographic staging of this ballet will be created by Patrice Bart, the famous French choreographer of exceptional fame who has left an inerasable trace on significant world ballet stages with his works and has influenced numerous choreographers and ballet artists. The CNT Ballet together with the Orchestra of the CNT Opera will participate in the performance that will carry his specific classical signature and in which he pays exceptional attention to the characterization of characters.
Patrice Bart is a famous French choreographer, ballet master and board member of the Paris Opera. He was born in Paris in 1945 and has been connected with the Paris Opera for more than fifty years. There, he commenced his rich career and has won many international awards and acknowledgements.