Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet - Graeme Murphy (DVD)

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The Australian Ballet, Graeme Murphy

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

*Guest artist

With artists of The Australian Ballet
and students of the May Downs School of Dance

Orchestra Victoria
Music Director & Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon