To The Pointe: Romeo & Juliet
All You Need to Know About Romeo & Juliet Before You Go
Ah, yes: star-cross’d lovers, show-stopping swordsmanship, and a tragic ending for the ages. On the surface, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet seems like an easy fit for the balletic stage. But the conception of this now-classic ballet came with a host of challenges for its composer, Sergei Prokofiev. In this episode of To The Pointe, learn about the USSR’s influence on the original ballet and how it’s morphed over time, including in 1994, when Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson put his own spin on this iconic love story.
Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet is part of SF Ballet’s 2023 Repertory Season. It will be performed in Program 7, from Apr 21–Apr 30, 2023.
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Header Photo: Misa Kuranaga and Angelo Greco in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet // © Erik Tomasson