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Romeo and Juliet

Semperoper Dresden, Dresden, Germany
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Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Dresden, Germany
Starts at: 19:00
Acts: 3
Intervals: 2
Duration: 3h 10min
Cast
Performers
Conductor: Mikhail Agrest
Ballet company: Semperoper Ballett
Creators
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: David Dawson
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Overview

"Romeo and Juliet" was first performed in Dresden in 1955. In 2022, the British associate choreographer of the Semperoper Ballett, David Dawson, will now present his fourth full-length ballet with "Romeo and Juliet". In Dawson’s vision, this is a world of jarring contrasts oscillating between order and chaos, between tenderness and strength–where the power of dance illuminates the tragedy and beauty of the story.

It is one of the greatest love stories in the canon of Western literature: the passion and dreadful fate of young Romeo and his Juliet, who cannot be together because of deep-seated hatred and ancient quarrels, only to be united in death. William Shakespeare’s tragic tale has been reinterpreted countless times for the theatre, opera and dance stage as well the big screen, often updated to reflect current events and modern perspectives. The version of the famous ballet music by Sergei Prokofiev that we know today was created for Leonid Lavarovsky’s choreography for the Kirov Ballet, which premiered in St. Petersburg in 1940.

History
Premiere of this production: 30 November 1937, Mahen Theatre, Brno

Romeo and Juliet is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev reused music from the ballet in three suites for orchestra and a solo piano work.

Venue Info

Semperoper Dresden - Dresden
Location   Theaterplatz 2

Not only one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, the Semperoper is renowned both in Germany and abroad for the brilliant star-studded performances by Saxon State Opera as well as numerous international guest artists.

This is the home of the Staatskapelle Dresden, an orchestra which looks back on 460 years of uninterrupted music-making. The State Opera Chorus was founded by Carl Maria von Weber in 1817. Operatic history has been written here, with the Semperoper playing host to numerous important premieres, such as Richard Wagner’s "Rienzi", "Der fliegende Holländer" and "Tannhäuser". There is also an indissoluble link to Richard Strauss, nine of whose 15 operas were premiered in Dresden, including "Salome", "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Elektra". The small venue Semper Zwei provides space for diverse forms of music theatre as well as theatrical experiments, and is also the venue for performances of Semperoper Junge Szene.

The magnificent Semperoper dominates the Theaterplatz be-side the river Elbe, forming the centrepiece of the historic old city. The original building opened its doors in 1841, constructed to a design by Gottfried Semper which combined a late Classical style with Renaissance elements. Following a devastating fire in 1869, the citizens of Dresden immediately set about rebuilding their beloved opera house. This was completed in 1878, also to a design by Semper. In 1945, during the final months of World War II, the Semperoper was once again razed to the ground.

After a second reconstruction was successfully completed in 1985, the reopening of one of Europe’s most beautiful opera houses was celebrated with a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s "Freischütz".
The dazzling interiors were painstakingly reconstructed by local craftsmen and artists according to original plans, with state-of-the art stage machinery and technical fittings in the auditorium. A modern annex was added to house the administrative offices and rehearsal rooms. Internationally renowned for its brilliant acoustics and incomparable performances, audiences from around the world continue to flock here to enjoy unforgettable experiences at the Semperoper Dresden.

Important Info
Type: Ballet
City: Dresden, Germany
Starts at: 19:00
Acts: 3
Intervals: 2
Duration: 3h 10min
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