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Roméo et Juliette

À propos du ballet

William Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet was one of the first works of literature to inspire ballet choreographers, so perfectly suited to dance are its drama, romance and tragedy. Though Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been translated into dance since the early 19th century, it is in the 20th century that productions have been especially prolific. Since the 1930’s, choreographers have been particularly fortunate to have Sergei Prokofiev’s musical score specifically written for the ballet. It was his intuitive understanding of Shakespeare’s poetry that has left, for generations of ballet and music lovers, the greatest full-length ballet score since those created by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in the late 19th century. The score and its history have also proven an inspiration to dozens of contemporary choreographers including John Cranko, Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. Romeo and Juliet has become one of the most beloved ballets and most major companies hold a version in their repertoire. John Cranko’s production of Romeo and Juliet, which entered The National Ballet of Canada’s repertoire in 1964 and became one of the company’s signature productions, has been performed by ballet companies all over the world including Miami City Ballet and Vienna State Opera Ballet.

As part of the National Ballet's 60th anniversary celebrations, a new production of Romeo and Juliet was commissioned by internationally celebrated choreographer Alexei Ratmanksy. This world premiere is a totally fresh, brilliantly imagined interpretation of Shakespeare's play. Ratmansky blends the elegance and stateliness of a classical vocabulary with the intense emotional edge of the modern to create an unforgettable version of one of the greatest dance dramas ever.

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Ballet Notes

Get more insight into the production - Ballet Notes are detailed guides to the company's dynamic repertoire. Read the synopsis and articles and view more photos in the Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story Suite Ballet Notes.  

Read the 2007 West Side Story Suite Ballet Notes

Read the 2009 Romeo and Juliet Ballet Notes

Read the 2011 Romeo and Juliet Ballet Notes

Read the 2013 Romeo and Juliet Ballet Notes

Romeos and Juliets

From grueling rehearsals to the world premiere, Romeos & Juliets offers an unprecedented behind-the-curtain look at The National Ballet of Canada as ten dancers vie to perform the coveted lead roles on the coveted opening night of Romeo and Juliet, as envisioned by acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky in celebration of the company’s 60th anniversary.

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Production Chronology 

Roméo et Juliette 
Premiere date: 14 avril 1964
Chorégraphie : John Cranko
Musique : Sergei Prokofiev
Conception de la scène et des costumes : Jürgen Rose
Conception de l’éclairage : Wallace Russell

Romeo and Juliet (revival)
Premiere date: 11 juillet 1976
Chorégraphie : John Cranko
Musique : Sergei Prokofiev
Conception de la scène et des costumes : Jürgen Rose
Conception de l’éclairage : Wallace Russell

Roméo et Juliette
Premiere date: 8 février 1995
Chorégraphie : John Cranko
Musique : Sergei Prokofiev
Conception de la scène et des costumes : Susan Benson
Conception de l’éclairage : Robert Thomson

Romeo and Juliet before parting 
Premiere date: 23 août 2005
Chorégraphie : James Kudelka
Musique : Sergei Prokofiev
Conception de l’éclairage : Christopher Dennis

West Side Story Suite 
Premiere date: 8 novembre 2007
Chorégraphie : Jerome Robbins
Musique : Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Conception de la scène : Oliver Smith
Conception des costumes : Irene Sharaff
Conception de l’éclairage : Jennifer Tipton

West Side Story Suite was generously supported by Walter Carsen, O.C., Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, Judy Korthals and Sandra & Jim Pitblado. 

Roméo et Juliette 
Premiere date: 16 novembre 2011
Chorégraphie : Alexei Ratmansky
Musique : Sergei Prokofiev
Costume, Set and Properties Design: Richard Hudson
Conception de l’éclairage : Jennifer Tipton

Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is 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.

Crédits photographiques de l’image principale : The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

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