Romeo + Juliet
With Richmond Symphony
February 12–14, 2016
Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage
600 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
The greatest love story ever told is brought to life through Malcolm Burn’s passionate choreography – originally created for The Royal New Zealand Ballet and brought into the Richmond Ballet repertory in 1995 – and Sergei Prokofiev’s soaring emotional score. William Shakespeare’s masterful play set in Verona, Italy is known the world over for the powerful duel between the overwhelming emotions that rule the human soul: love and hatred. Propelled by a series of events that ultimately consume the storyline’s two young lovers – Juliet Capulet and the son of her family’s sworn enemy, Romeo Montague – the bard’s tragic tale has proved fertile ground for artists of all trades for centuries, with popular renditions performed by ballet companies across the globe.
Shakespeare’s timeless words serve as the inspiration for the ballet’s choreography, woven together from the threads of eager youth, the ecstasy of a first love, the intensity of a violent hatred, the damaging rupture of broken family bonds and the wrenching heartbreak of loss. Colored by the richness of Prokofiev’s evocative and romantic score, this tale of young love destroyed by hate is sure to be a highlight of the 2015- 16 season.
Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, receives support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts
and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Richmond Ballet also receives support from the Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium
(City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County)
Nutcracker patrons taking advantage of the limited time Romeo + Juliet offer are subject to the following stipulations:
*Discount offer is valid on ticket price levels 2-5
*Standard convenience fees apply
*Discount is not available on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other discounts.