A Poignant Story Ballet
Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers comes to life with passionate dancing, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and stunning scenery and costume designs evoking Renaissance Italy. An emotional and colorful tale of young love and loss set to the celebrated Prokofiev score, Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet is one of San Francisco Ballet’s greatest showpieces. Immerse yourself in the thrill of first love and the drama and heartbreak of warring families in this classic adaptation of the familiar story.
Total run time: 2 hours and 37 minutes, including one 20 and one 15 minute intermission
BEHIND THE SCENES
It may be one of the most famous love stories, but there’s a lot to remember along the way.
Scenery and Costume Design: Jens-Jacob Worsaae
Lighting Design: Thomas R. Skelton
Fight Scene Choreography: Martino Pistone in collaboration with Helgi Tomasson
World Premiere: March 8, 1994—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California
The 1994 world premiere of Romeo & Juliet was made possible by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation. Additional support was provided by Lucy and Fritz Jewett, Chris and Warren Hellman, Mr. Rudolph W. Driscoll, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Franklin Templeton Group, and Deloitte.