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Romeo and Juliet

Before parting

Piotr Stanczyk and Rebekah Rimsay in Romeo and Juliet before parting (2006). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

James Kudelka created Romeo and Juliet before parting as one of a suite of dances specially commissioned in 1990 by Rhombus Media in association with the CBC for a film entitled Prokofiev by two: Romeos and Juliets. It received its concert premiere on June 30, 1990 featuring Peggy Baker and Sylvain Lafortune in the lead roles. The National Ballet of Canada premiered the work on August 23, 2005 at Harbourfront Centre’s outdoor CIBC Stage featuring Tanya Howard and Patrick Lavoie.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.