Ballet BC continues its dynamic 32nd season with a visually stunning and musically enchanting presentation of Romeo and Juliet in a fresh retelling of this classic by rising French star and returning choreographer, Medhi Walerski. Under the artistic leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar, this will be a Ballet BC repertoire first. This story has inspired many artists with its tragic tale of “star-crossed lovers.” Compelling in its timelessness, the work captures audiences with its deeply human story and enduring themes of love, fate and family. Reflecting on the divisions that persist in today’s world, this World Premiere will offer a thought-provoking contemporary take of the classic which profoundly resonates today. Ballet BC is thrilled to have this iconic story expertly crafted by Medhi Walerski, one of the most original voices in international dance today. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s original score, this full-length commission showcases Walerski’s signature style that brings together dazzling landscapes woven with poetic, unpredictable and complex imagery. Walerski brings a contemporary familiarity to the story of Romeo and Juliet—“the vision of love that Shakespeare gave us in this master work is very precious. It is like holding a jewel in your hand that needs to be protected. Story is important to us as human beings—it connects us to each other, the past, enriches our present and moves us toward the future.” —Medhi Walerski
Romeo and Juliet plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 8:00pm February 22-24 and on February 24 at 2:00pm.
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