Romeo and Juliet

Ballet by David Dawson

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. »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. 

Premiere 5. November 2022

Romeo and Juliet

David Dawson