Romeo and Juliet

Siergiej Prokofiew / Emil Wesołowski

Ballet in three acts

Choreography: EMIL WESOŁOWSKI
Music: SIERGIEJ PROKOFIEW
Conductor: TADEUSZ WOJCIECHOWSKI
Set Designer: ANDRZEJ KREUTZ MAJEWSKI
Costume Designer: BORIS KUDLIČKA
Lighting: STANISŁAW ZIĘBA

World premiere: 30 XII 1938, Brno
Premiere: 18 V 1996, Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa, Warsaw

Juliet and Romeo, young lovers from two warring families in the Italian Renaissance, succumb to their love against or perhaps in spite of the will of their hostile parents. They will pay the highest price. This by now mythical love story has moved people for centuries and continues to warn them against the tragic effects of hatred between adults. Clearly to no avail, seeing that Shakespeare’s play constantly returns in different forms and art disciplines. There is probably no more beautiful transposition than the ballet version to the dramatic music of Sergey Prokofiev. This work has conquered the hearts of audiences everywhere and continues to appear in different choreographies all over the world. It is the pride of the repertoire of leading ballet companies. Brilliant interpretations of the roles of Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio and Tybalt, have been and continue to be created by the greatest dancers. At our theatre, Prokofiev’s ballet drama is presented by choreographer Emil Wesołowski with sets designed by the great Polish stage designer Andrzej Kreutz Majewski. Their production has already been shown almost a hundred times at the Teatr Wielki and enjoys enduring popularity.

Polish National Ballet
Teatr Wielki - Polish National Ballet Orchestra