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Romeo and Juliet

Mirko Mahr / Sergej Prokofjew

Performance 10/26/2018  |  Ballet in four acts by Mirko Mahr | Music by Sergei Prokofiev

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Ballet in four acts by Mirko Mahr after William Shakespeare | Music by Sergei Prokofiev | for young audiences over the age of 12 | Playing time ca. hours | One intermission

Romeo and Juliet’s love story belongs to the world. The tale of these star-crossed young lovers never fails to touch and inspire audiences and artists alike. Here, Mirko Mahr, director of the ballet of the Musikalische Komödie, retells this mythic tale with younger audiences in mind. The expressive capabilities of dance are the perfect medium to interpret Shakespeare’s themes of love, hate, forgiveness, revenge, and friendship. Sergei Prokofiev’s music clearly expresses the psychological aspects of the various figures and the relationships between them, be they the impatient hearts of the young pair, the bitter feud between Verona’s Capulets and Montagues, or Romeo’s blind rage and grief at the death of his friend Mercutio. Nothing can stop the power of destiny, leaving the young lovers no option but to be together in death. Their heart-wrenching fate makes »Romeo and Juliet« one of the most tragic, but also most beautiful, ballet stories, in which love is immortalized through death.

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