Romeo & Juliet
About Romeo & Juliet
The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine bring 55 of talented and brightest Ballet stars to present the most passionate romantic tragedy of love.
Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most choreographed ballet of the last 60 years. Based on Shakespeare’s play, the ballet tells the tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers from families on opposing sides of a bitter feud. The dramatic and well-known balcony scene is one of the most romantic scenes in literature.
This enduring ballet masterpiece is set to Sergei Prokofiev’s magnificent score which was originally completed in 1935. In addition to Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev’s most well-known works include the music for the ballet, Cinderella (1945), and the fairy tale set to music, Peter and the Wolf. Prokofiev’s music is characterized by percussiveness, lyricism and neoclassical structure. As one of the principal Russian figures in classical music during the period of the Second World War, his work also reflects the needs of national self-unity and support for the national struggle. Many of these themes can be seen in Romeo and Juliet - in particular, the recurrent percussive elements of the score.