Romeo and Juliet
Experience the passion of first love and the turmoil of heartbreak in Ballet Victoria’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet to Prokofiev’s celebrated score. Spectacular dancing, dramatic swordplay and powerful music bring the story of this Shakespearean tragedy and its star-crossed lovers to life.
Behind the Curtain
The ballet Romeo and Juliet first premiered in 1940 in the Kirov, now Mariinsky theatre. Leonoid Lavrosky’s choreography in combination with Prokofiev’s score made for a dramatic retelling of the famous Shakespearean tragedy. However, the ballet was not an immediate success and initially received heavy criticism before being accepted by ballet critics. Today, Prokofiev’s score is considered to be the quintessential retelling of this timeless tale, with music that perfectly captures and depicts each character’s personality and emotions. Romeo and Juliet remains one of the most popular ballets with almost all ballet companies staging their own version of the production.