A tragic tale of star-crossed lovers: Kenneth MacMillan’s ground-breaking ballet is a 20th-century classic.
The production runs 19 September – 2 December 2015, and is live in cinemas across the globe and on BP Big Screens in the UK on 22 September 2015.
Kenneth MacMillan’s poignant setting of Sergey Prokofiev’s classic score draws out the emotional and psychological intensity of the tale. Romeo and Juliet contains three passionate pas de deux: the lovers’ first meeting, the famous balcony scene and the devastating final tragedy, in which Romeo dances desperately with the lifeless Juliet. The story is set against a wonderful evocation of 16th-century Verona, and includes a bustling marketplace that erupts into a violent sword fight, and a lavish ball held in an elegant mansion.
MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet first arrived at Covent Garden in 1965. Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn took the title roles on the opening night – MacMillan had originally created the work on Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable. Nevertheless, Fonteyn and Nureyev’s performance had a rapturous reception, with 43 curtain calls and almost forty minutes of applause. The ballet has been at the heart of the Company’s repertory ever since, amassing more than four hundred performances. This classic production has been toured around the world and in 2011 was adapted for arena-scale performances at the O2 Arena.
Find out more: http://www.roh.org.uk/romeoandjuliet
On the occasion of Tanz im August
Choreography MICHAEL CLARK
Lighting design CHARLES ATLAS
Costumes STEVIE STEWART & MICHAEL CLARK
Dancers HARRY ALEXANDER, JULIE CUNNINGHAM, MELISSA HETHERINGTON, OXANA PANCHENKO, DANIEL SQUIRE, BENJAMIN WARBIS
The British dance icon Michael Clark is back in Berlin with his most recent production in which he masterfully returns to his roots in ballet, naturally with a touch of glam and punk. The neo-classical repertoire of movement blends congenially with the raw energy of music bands like the Sex Pistols, Scritti Politti and Jarvis Cockers Relaxed Muscle. The six dancers and the light design of the video artist Charles Atlas might be architects inscribing lines and patterns upon empty space, creating images of meditative beauty.
Michael Clark has never left any doubt that for him life and art are one and the same. Details from his colourful biography have repeatedly been reflected in his provocative works. Born in Scotland, Clark graduated from the Royal Ballet School in London and danced with the famous Ballet Rambert. Inspired by Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Karole Armitage, he rebelled as dancer and choreographer extraordinaire against the crustiness of the ballet world and the impositions of politics and hypocrisy. In 1984 he founded his own company and toured the world many times with often audacious productions. He continues to collaborate closely with fashion designers, artists and avant-garde musicians. The Michael Clark Company has been based at the Barbican Centre in London since 2005.
ORGANIZER Tanz im August
Tanz im August is supported by means of the Capital City Cultural Funds from means of the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of the governing mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.
Comissioned by Barbican, London. Co-produced by Barbican, London, Michael Clark Company, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Tramway, Glasgow.
Michael Clark Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
The Royal Ballet’s top dancers wear quirky accessories and clothes by young British fashion designers in a new series of unconventional portraits.
Marianela Nuñez, who makes her debut in Onegin this month, has been captured as if in a Biba advert, wearing a head-piece and bejewelled outfit. And Sergei Polunin who dramatically walked out of the Royal Ballet last year and who will return as a guest artist to dance with Tamara Rojo as part of the Frederick Ashton mixed programme next month, can be seen flying through the air wearing a knitted leather neckpiece.
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Now Is All There Is – Bodies in Motion, The Gallery at The Hospital Club, London WC2 (www.thehospitalclub.com) 25 to 27 January 2013.