Romeo und Julia
Ballet in three acts
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Almost no other material has been so often adapted to the dance stage as that of William Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET. One of the most often-performed dance adaptations is the one by John Cranko. His version, created in 1962 for the Stuttgart Ballet, has gone down in ballet history. And with good reason: with his dancers, John Cranko constantly sought to portray real emotions, something he was famous for. He did not fear emotions and did everything he could to directly include these in his choreographies.

The feuding Veronese families of Montague and Capulet, the love scene before Romeo's leave-taking, and Juliet's eventual death – these are the powerful motifs associated with William Shakespeare's drama. In interaction with Serge Prokofiev's famous ballet composition, Cranko's masterpiece contains the premonition of future suffering as well as the beauty of a love unfulfilled. The stage design and costumes are being newly designed for the Staatsballet Berlin by the Stuttgart-based stage designer Thomas Mika.
Storyline
ACT ONE

Scene One: The Market Place
As day breaks, Romeo, son of Montague, is found declaring his love to the fair Rosaline. With the sunrise the market place fills with townspeople among whom are members of two rival families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Tempers flare and a quarrel develops. The Duke of Verona appears and warns the two factions that death will be the ultimate punishment if the feud does not stop. Romeo and his friends, Benvolio and Mercutio make reluctant peace with Tybalt, a kinsman of the Capulets.

Scene Two: Juliet’s ante-room in the Capulets’ house
Juliet receives her first ball dress from her mother, Lady Capulet, and learns that she is to meet the nobleman Paris to whom she will be betrothed on the following day. Now she must bid farewell to her childhood.

Scene Three: Outside the Capulets’ house
Guests arrive at the Capulets’ ball, among them Rosaline. Romeo and his friends, masked, follow her to the ball.

Scene Four: The Ballroom
Juliet is introduced to the guests and to Paris. While dancing with Paris, she and Romeo behold one another. It is love at first sight. Tybalt, suspecting Romeo’s identity, tries to incite a quarrel, but is prevented from doing so by Juliet’s father who abides by the laws of hospitality.

Scene Five: Juliet’s balcony
On the balcony outside her bedroom Juliet dreams of Romeo. He appears below in the garden. They declare their eternal love.

ACT TWO

Scene One - The Market Place
A carnival is in progress in the town square. Romeo, daydreaming, is indifferent to the gaiety around him. Juliet’s nurse brings him a letter from Juliet asking him to meet her in the chapel of Friar Laurence.

Scene Two - The Chapel
In his cloister, Friar Laurence joins the young lovers in marriage.

Scene Three - The Market Place
At the height of the carnival, Romeo returns to the square. Tybalt accosts him, but Romeo declines to fight. Mercutio, angered, engages in a duel with Tybalt, and dies at his hands. Romeo, stunned and distraught, turns on Tybalt and kills him.

ACT THREE

Scene One: The Bedroom
In Juliet’s bedroom the lovers are awakened by the sunrise, and Romeo, who has been exiled, must leave Juliet and Verona. Lord and Lady Capulet enter with Paris, but Juliet rejects him.

Scene Two: The Chapel
Juliet, appealing for help to Friar Laurence, receives a potion from him that will place her in a death-like sleep. He explains that Romeo will find her in the family tomb and from there they can escape together.

Scene Three: The Bedroom
Juliet’s parents return and Juliet agrees to the marriage with Paris. Left alone, Juliet takes the sleeping potion and is thought to be dead when her family and friends discover her.

Scene Four: The Capulet family crypt
Romeo, who has not received Friar Laurence’s message revealing the plan, believes Juliet to be dead and rushes to her tomb. There he finds the mourning Paris and kills him. Embracing Juliet for the last time, he plunges his dagger into his heart. Juliet awakens to find Romeo dead. Griefstricken, she kills herself.
Thursday, 24.04.2014
19.30 h
21 - 76 €

Further Events:
17 | 24 | 29 April 2014
11 | 24 May 2014
05 | 09 June 2014


Choreography and directed by: John Cranko
Set and Costume design: Thomas Mika
Light: Steen Bjarke
Music: Serge Prokofieff
Assistance: Georgette Tsinguirides
Assistance: Birgit Deharde
Conductor: Anton Grishanin
Dancing: Solisten und Corps de ballet des Staatsballetts Berlin
Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Romeo: Dinu Tamazlacaru
Julia: Iana Salenko
Mercutio: Alexej Orlenco

3:00 h | 2 intermissions
45 minutes before each performance (except premieres), there is an introduction in the opera house (in German).
It is prepared and moderated by students of the institute of dance studies (Institut für Tanzwissenschaft) of Freie Universität Berlin.