by Stuttgart Ballet
3 Feb 07, Sat, 8pm, Esplanade Theatre
John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet took the world by storm three decades ago. Today's updated version retains the lavish renaissance costumes and glorious sets, but adds the breathtaking virtuosity of today's finest dancers.
This presentation of Shakespeare's classic tale captures the tragic romance as well as the splendid colour and mesmerising vibrancy of Verona. Comic and eccentric characters are all part of the action that takes place in perfectly fashioned sets of the countryside, festival and street scenes.
The ballet, set to the music of Serge Prokofiev, is performed by the full company of nearly 80 dancers, including world-renowned primas, principals, soloists and full corps de ballet.
Tours by the Stuttgart Ballet were such a triumphant success that critics coined the term "The Stuttgart Ballet Miracle" (Clive Barnes, New York). World-famous choreographers like John Neumeier and Jiri Kylian started careers as dancers in Stuttgart under John Cranko.