National Arts Centre

Ottawa

April 2 – 4, 2020

National Arts Centre

Ottawa

April 2 – 4, 2020

About the Ballet

Created to celebrate The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary in 2011, Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet is a brilliantly imagined interpretation of Shakespeare’s tender and tragic tale of two young lovers and the warring households that keep them apart.

Known especially for his mastery of the classical idiom, Ratmansky is equally adept at employing that idiom for fresh, contemporary effects. Full of bold and emotionally vivid characterization and taking full advantage of the play’s rich theatrical possibilities, Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet finds a natural home in Prokofiev’s famous and achingly affecting score, a work that provides the perfect underpinning for this landmark version of Shakespeare’s timeless, universal tale of youthful, ill-starred love.

“★★★★/4 Thrillingly dramatic… dance drama doesn’t get much better than this.”
Toronto Star

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo View Gallery

Synopsis

Prokofiev's Score – A History

Reviews

“A Romeo and Juliet for our time” —Los Angeles Register

“Of the six versions I have seen by choreographers alive today, this is much the best.” —The New York Times

“A must-see… Ratmansky’s greatness lies in his ability to mirror music in dance. The emotional arc of the characters is cunningly shown in movement. In fact, the music and the dance seem inseparable.” —The Globe and Mail

Running Time

  • Act I 52m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 30m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act III 38m
  • Total (approx) 2h 50m

Credits

Choreography:
Alexei Ratmansky

Music:
Sergei Prokofiev

Set, Costume and Properties Design:
Richard Hudson

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.

Running Time

  • Act I 52m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 30m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act III 38m
  • Total (approx) 2h 50m

For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the National Arts Centre website.

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