Zurich Ballet to Perform Romeo and Juliet in Tel Aviv

Romeo and Juliet - Zurich Ballet/Photo: Juan Diego
Romeo and Juliet – Zurich Ballet/Photo: Juan Diego

Romeo and Juliet – there is always the question of where you place the emphasis in approaching this timeless work. Is it a story of love, or is it a story of strife and conflict? Although one might well linger and sigh over young love, it is the feud between their families – the Capulets and the Montagues, that results in their untimely, and senseless death.

Choreographer Christian Spuck created his version of Romeo and Juliet for the Zurich Ballet, his first work for the company, in 2012, just after taking on the role of Director for the company. Based on Shakespeare’s play, and set to the stirring music of Sergei Prokofiev, the ballet will be performed in Israel from Thursday, January 29, 2015. The cast includes 75 dancers of the Zurich Ballet Company. Response to the company’s arrival in Israel has been overwhelming, and an additional performance has been added to the schedule on Monday, February 2, 2015.

Spuck addresses the darker themes in this story, as reflected in the movement, costumes and setting:

Performances will take place at the Israeli Opera:
Thursday, January 29th at 20:00; Friday January 30th at 13:00; Saturday January 31st at 21:00; Sunday, February 1st at 20:00; Monday, February 2nd at 20:00. Tickets may be ordered via the Israeli Opera: 03-6927777.

Romeo and Juliet – Zurich Ballet
Choreography: Christain Spuck; Music: Sergei Prokofiev; Set design: Christian Schmidt; Costumes: Emma Ryott; Lighting: Reinhard Traub; Dramaturgy: Michael Küster; Conductor: Michail Jurowski.