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Slovene National Theatre Maribor

Sergej Prokofjev

Romeo and Juliet

Choreographer: Valentina Turcu
Conductor: Mladen Tarbuk

Schedule

25.11.2014 at 11:00 Grand Hall

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26.11.2014 at 19:30 Grand Hall

Tickets

27.11.2014 at 11:00 Grand Hall

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Premiere: 9 November 2012, Grand Hall

Neoclassic ballet in two acts

 

In 1934, the Kirov Ballet of the former Leningrad commissioned a ballet on the theme of Romeo and Juliet, as Shakespeare's works were then often performed in the former Soviet Union. Sergei Prokofiev, who left Russia in 1914 and continued his career as a composer and virtuoso pianist in Western Europe and the United States, saw the story of Romeo and Juliet as a chance to renew relationships with his homeland. Prokofiev wrote a very precise score which follows the sequence of events of the Shakespeare’s original. However, the management of Kirov Ballet was sceptical whether the ballet can be displayed in such psychological nuances, and in 1935, the project was abandoned. Prokofiev then tried to persuade the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre in Moscow to start a new ballet production, but after the management heard the music, played by the composer himself, they have concluded it is too tiring and utterly non-danceable. Eventually, the ballet’s was firstly staged on 30th December 1938 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, after choreography by Ivo Vana Psota. The concept of choreographer Valentina Turcu remains true to Shakespeare's text, and offers a vision of a daring, sensual and brutal era, where the matters of life and death were often resolved in irrational manner and passionately affected atmosphere.

The new ballet staging depicts a portrait of eternal love, which was sacrificed due to hostile environment and inexorability of destructive relationships. Valentina Turcu finds in the music of Prokofiev the ideal companion for the realization of her choreographic vision, in which she significantly reduces the importance of many musical and dramatic deviations, while remaining oriented to the essence of the story. The creation evokes the iconography of Renaissance paintings and architecture, yet it comprises the contemporary actuality of the eternal yearning for love. The life "hunger” for a new experience of love perceives the sensuality, cruelty and passion as the core of dramatic conflict, while being imbued with contemporary choreographic expression. Juliet’s recognition before the inevitable fatal end will be transformed into a scene of the internal journey through the deepest, shady areas of the soul, whereas Juliet compels her being to the Truth and Love, becoming united with the Almighty.

Cast

Catarina de Meneses
Tetiana Svetlična
Evgenija Koškina
Anton Bogov
Sytze Jan Luske
Matjaž Marin
Sytze Jan Luske
Yuya Omaki
Stefan Banica
Tanja Baronik
Sergiu Moga
Marina Krasnova
Slavčo Stoleski
Helena Klasič, Klavdija Stanišič
Marin Turcu
Branka Popovici, Olesja Hartmann
Alenka Ribič
Tetiana Svetlična
Asami Nakashima
Branka Popovici, Adriana Cioata, Blaga Stojčeva, Hristina Stojčeva, Evgenija Koškina, Asami Nakashima
Vadim Kurgajev, Vasilij Kuzkin, Cristian Popovici, Tiberiu Marta
Kleopatra Purice, Mihaela Matis, Metka Masten, Ines Uroševič, Mirjana Šrot, Tjaša Lešnik
Mircea Golescu, Demetrius King, Gaj Žmavc, Marin Gabriel, Filip Jurič

Assistant to Choreographer Leo Mujić
Scene Marko Japelj
Costumes Leo Kulaš
Lighting Designer Pascal Mérat

Photo gallery

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta

Romeo and Juliet <em>Photo: Tiberiu Marta</em>

Photo: Tiberiu Marta


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