Prokofiev’s ballet drama Romeo and Juliet had the world premiere in the National Theatre Brno in 1938 choreographed by the legend of the Brno ballet Ivo Váňa Psota. Not many companies can say the fact that they made a world premiere of the work that has become one of the most played ballets in the world. Ballet NdB has such a title and has the right and duty to be among the most played in its repertoire. Its current release will be the seventh premiere of this production since 1938. Shakespeare’s drama in its dancing version is very popular, and many renowned choreographers have created legendary productions throughout the world to this day. The reason why can be found not only in the topic of a tragic love, but also in the wonderful music by Sergei Prokofiev, which is considered one of the most beautiful ballet opuses ever.
And our new production? It is classical in its content. It is a story of youth, the fi rst fl are and passion. The story of the danger of blind ideals, of a duel of dream and reality, about the weight of social conventions and the immortality of desire and love. But the intention of the creators is to process the original into the dance-contemporary shape, resonant with a taste of today’s ballet audience.
Premiere 8th March 2019, Janáček Theatre