Van Cleef & Arpels
Prize for Ballet 2018
01 / 16
National Theatre Brno
Romeo and Juliet © Photo: Arthur Abram, Graphic: Petr Havíř i
The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare has many adaptations. The Ballet version on music by Sergei Prokofiev belongs to one of the most famous and most played adaptations of this work at all. With his artistic quality, it became one of the classical pieces of the 20th century ballet literature. Ballet NdB had the honor to be the first where this title was presented as world premiere! This ballet, which became known on the biggest stages all around the world, was staged for the first time in the choreography by I. V. Psota in our theatre 80 years ago on December 30th, 1938. It is unthinkable that this famous ballet would not be a part of the repertoire of our ballet ensemble, and this is also the main reason for the planned production - the seventh in our theatre history. Our production, choreographed by Mário Radačovský and directed by Martin Glaser will speak contemporary art language, while at the same time it will respect Prokofiev’s and Shakespeare’s work. Prokofjev's music is not only the music of Shakespeare’s story itself, but it is able to give the creators the exact characteristics of the characters and show the evolution during the dramatic turnovers, to portray the passions and the feelings, the contrast between the merry streets and the noble house, between the comic scenes and the blood shedding scenes. The ambition of the production, based on classic values, but presents in the contemporary artistic way, is to reach a wide spectrum of spectators focused on both classical ballet and contemporary production trends in modern dance.
Artists of the middle generation cooperate on the Romeo and Juliet project. Three Slovak artists, Mário Radačovský as a choreographer, Alexandra Grusková as a costume designer, and Marek Hollý as a stage designer recently met together by the production of the world premiere of the dance version of the West Side Story, where their work was highly prized by reviewers. They all are active artists working in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and abroad. For Romeo and Juliet, they will be joined by the Czech director Martin Glaser, whose contribution to the concept of musical drama will be crucial. It is not customary for a choreographer to take a director for a ballet performance. In this case, it is an intention that will contribute to a progressive view of Shakespeare's drama in dance and promise to increase the artistic quality of the production and interpretation of the work.
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