Romeo & Juliet is perhaps the greatest love story ever told – but it hasn’t been told by one of Australia’s greatest storytellers…until now.
Graeme Murphy (Swan Lake, Nutcracker) adds another ballet classic to his list of audacious reinventions with this much-anticipated creation for The Australian Ballet. Traversing time and place, Murphy’s ballet follows ‘a feisty girl and a feisty boy who are willing to take a stand for their love.’ Young passion smoulders at its core, but Murphy also tackles the consequences of greed, war, and what happens to humanity when love dies. Of course, a grand story demands grand surrounds, and who better to create the costumes than Australian fashion luminary Akira Isogawa.
Romeo & Juliet is a masterpiece from first blush to final devastation.
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Romeo & Juliet (Recorded 2011)
Choreography Graeme Murphy Creative associate Janet Vernon Music Sergei Prokofiev Costume design Akira Isogawa Set design Gerard Manion Lighting design Damien Cooper Projection design Jason Lam
Madeleine Eastoe Juliet Kevin Jackson Romeo Daniel Gaudiello Mercutio Jacob Sofer Benvolio Andrew Killian Tybalt Ben Davis Paris Damien Welch Lord Capulet Amy Harris Lady Capulet John-Paul Idaszak Lord Montague Alice Topp Lady Montague Jarryd Madden Holy Man Adam Bull Prince of Darkness Tristan Message* Prince of Peace Elizabeth Hill* Juliet’s nurse Karen Nanasca, Chengwu Guo Betrothed
With artists of The Australian Ballet and students of the May Downs School of Dance
Orchestra Victoria Music Director & Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon