Romeo und Julia – Ballet in three acts


Almost no other material has been so often adapted to the dance stage as that of William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET. One of the most often-performed dance adaptations is the one by John Cranko. His version, created in 1962 for the Stuttgart Ballet, has gone down in ballet history. And with good reason: with his dancers, John Cranko constantly sought to portray real emotions, something he was famous for. He did not fear emotions and did everything he could to directly include these in his choreographies.

The feuding Veronese families of Montague and Capulet, the love scene before Romeo’s leave-taking, and Juliet’s eventual death – these are the powerful motifs associated with William Shakespeare’s drama. In interaction with Serge Prokofiev’s famous ballet composition, Cranko’s masterpiece contains the premonition of future suffering as well as the beauty of a love unfulfilled. The stage design and costumes are being newly designed for the Staatsballet Berlin by the Stuttgart-based stage designer Thomas Mika.

Choreography and directed by: John Cranko
Set and Costume design: Thomas Mika
Light: Steen Bjarke
Music: Serge Prokofieff
Assistance: Georgette Tsinguirides
Assistance: Birgit Deharde
Conductor: Wolfgang Heinz
Dancing: Solisten und Corps de ballet des Staatsballetts Berlin
Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Romeo: Marian Walter
Julia: Iana Salenko
Mercutio: Dinu Tamazlacaru

3:00 h | 2 intermissions

45 minutes before each performance (except premieres), there is an introduction in the opera house (in German).
It is prepared and moderated by students of the institute of dance studies (Institut für Tanzwissenschaft) of Freie Universität Berlin.


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