A full-length ballet by Mats Ek
A girl and a boy are in love. Why does everyone else think that their love is wrong? A romantic story in a brutal environment. A clash of people and power. A struggle between generations. Love, hate and jealousy. Who can win?
Choreographer Mats Ek, for many years one of the most important names in the international dance world, has created several new interpretations of classics, such as Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Romeo and Juliet became “Juliet & Romeo” when he staged his full-length ballet to Tchaikovsky’s music in May 2013, and the first performance drew considerable attention, both in Sweden and abroad.
Ballet in two acts by Mats Ek created for the Royal Swedish Ballet opening May 24th 2013.
ACT I 60 min
ACT II 45 min
MUSIC Tchaikovsky, selected by Mats Ek, adapted and arranged by Anders Högstedt
CHOREOGRAPHY Mats Ek
SCENOGRAPHY AND COSTUME Magdalena Åberg
LIGHT DESIGN Linus Fellbom
TOTAL AMOUNT OF DANCERS ON STAGE 32
12 CHARACHTERS Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt, Benvolio, Mercutio, Father, Mother, The Nurse, Paris, Prince, Rosaline, Peter.
20 CORPS DE BALLET (11 female, 9 male)
ROYAL OPERA ORCHESTRA
CONDUCTOR Eva Ollikainen
»Royal Swedish Ballet offers an innovative Juliet and Romeo: One for today«
»The Swedes take on an 0ld classic and makes it relevant«
»This is a totally fulfilling work and possibly the finest Mats Ek has produced«
»For a long time no choreographer has produced such a beautiful gift«
Juliet & Romeo on tour
–It’s time to turn the tables, says Mats Ek. Besides, one of Shakespeare’s early drafts was actually called Juliet and Romeo. So you could say that we’re going back to the source. We’re also pointing out that we are using Tchaikovsky’s music, not the usual music by Prokofiev.
ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET
There are only three older ballet companies in the world, those of Paris, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg. Sweden got its first professional ballet company when King Gustaf III founded a Swedish Opera in Stockholm in 1773.