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Romeo and Juliet

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Closed March 17, 2013

A triumph of impassioned dancing and inventively challenging choreography.

The Toronto Star, 2011

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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has long inspired choreographers to adapt it for the ballet medium, the intensity of its drama, enduring nature of its themes and, more germanely, its vivid and powerful characterization, providing a perfect vehicle for dance.

The ballet has been an audience favourite ever since it came to the National Ballet in 1964, and the company's new version, by the exciting Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, which premiered in 2011 to ecstatic acclaim, only enhances its position in the repertoire. Ratmansky's work is known for its mastery of the classical vocabulary, yet he is equally adept at employing that vocabulary for fresh, modern effects.

Set to Prokofiev's famously rich and magisterial score, Ratmansky's Romeo and Juliet plumbs the layered and affecting depths of the story's title characters in all of their tragic power, illuminating Shakespeare's vision and creating an inimitable work of dance theatre that ballet-lovers will long treasure.

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Dates

Opening night: 12 March 2013

Run time

The performance will run approximately 2 hours and 38 minutes

ACT I - 50 minutes
Intermission - 20 minutes
ACT II - 30 minutes
Intermission - 20 minutes
ACT III - 38 minutes

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Cast

Romeo

Guillaume Côté (March 12, 16 at 7:30 pm)
McGee Maddox (March 13 at 7:30 pm/March 16 at 2:00 pm)
Brendan Saye (March 14 at 2:00 pm)
Aleksandar Antonijevic (March 14 at 7:30 pm)
Naoya Ebe (March 15 at 7:30 pm/March 17 at 2:00 pm)

Juliet

Elena Lobsanova (March 12, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Heather Ogden (March 13 at 7:30 pm/March 16 at 2:00 pm)
Chelsy Meiss (March 14 at 2:00 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson (March 14 at 7:30 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (March 15 at 7:30 pm/March 17 at 2:00 pm)

Mercutio

Piotr Stanczyk (March 12, 14, 16 at 7:30 pm) Jonathan Renna (March 13 at 7:30 pm/March 16 at 2:00 pm) Keiichi Hirano (March 14,17 at 2:00 pm/March 15 at 7:30 pm)

Benvolio

Robert Stephen (March 12, 14, 16 at 7:30 pm)
Christopher Stalzer (March 13 at 7:30 pm/March 16 at 2:00 pm)
Dylan Tedaldi March 14,17 at 2:00 pm/March 15 at 7:30 pm)

Tybalt

Jiří Jelinek (March 12, 13, 16 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 16 at 2:00 pm)
Etienne Lavigne (March 14, 15 at 7:30 pm/March 17 at 2:00 pm)

Paris

Patrick Lavoie (March 12, 13, 16 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 16 at 2:00 pm)
Brett van Sickle (March 14, 15 at 7:30 pm/March 17 at 2:00 pm)

Lord Capulet

Etienne Lavigne (March 12, 16 at 7:30 pm/March 14 at 2:00 pm)
Kevin D. Bowles (March 13,14 at 7:30 pm/March 16 at 2:00 pm)
Jonathan Renna (march 15 at 7:30 pm/March 17 at 2:00 pm)

Lady Capulet

Alejandra Perez-Gomez (March 12, 13, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm/March 16, 17 at 2:00 pm)
Stephanie Hutchison (March 14 at 2:00 pm/March 14 at 7:30 pm)

Lord Montague

Kevin D. Bowles (March 12, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 17 at 2:00 pm)
James Leja (March 13, 14 at 7:30 pm/March 16 at 2:00 pm)

Lady Montague

Juri Hiraoka (March 12, 13, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm/March 16, 17 at 2:00 pm)
Lise-Marie Jourdain (March 14 at 2:00 pm/7:30 pm)

Duke of Verona

Peter Ottmann

Friar Lawrence

Tomas Schramek

Nurse

Lorna Geddes (March 12, 13, 16 at 7:30 pm/March 14, 16 at 2:00 pm)
Rebekah Rimsay (March 14, 15 at 7:30 pm/March 17 at 2:00 pm)

Creative

Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Costume, Set and Properties Design: Richard Hudson
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

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

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