No plans for Valentine’s Day? Bring your date along for a spectacular reimagining of Romeo and Juliet at the New York City Ballet. Get ready to experience the highs and the lows of this heart wrenching romance at Lincoln Center this winter!
This production of Romeo + Juliet is set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev and the choreography of Peter Martins. As a choreographer, Martins masterfully breathes life into the staging of each scene. The ballet’s set pieces are also vibrant and exude bright colors that match the story’s heightened emotional tension.
The ballet is set in Verona, Italy, during the 16th century. The families of Romeo and Juliet, the Montagues and the Capulets, are feuding against each other. Their mutual hatred and disapproval of Romeo and Juliet’s relationship ends up having tragic consequences for both of them.
Romeo and Juliet also reveals what happens when the worlds of two lovers collide against all odds. It’s a story that reflects on the innocence of youth. It also shows how young lovers tend to get carried away by wearing their heart on their sleeves.
Tiler Peck and Zachary Catazaro portray Juliet and Romeo. They are two renowned NYCB dancers that add their own flair to the story as they perform on stage. This creative freedom allows the play to come alive with more imagination than ever before. It’s also a treat to watch them fall in love with each other for the first time as they act out each step.
Peck and Catazaro also use their body language as a way to express their emotions. This makes a simple gesture such as a hand touch acquire a whole new and rich meaning. As a result, viewers appreciate catching a deeper glimpse into what each character is feeling in every moment.
The world premiere of the ballet took place in 2007. Since then, it has evolved and continued to grow. In fact, Romeo and Juliet is the most recognized ballet after “The Nutcracker.” The play is split into two parts including an intermission in the middle.
Romeo and Juliet at the New York City Ballet 2019
- Performance Run: February 13th to 23rd
- Running Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes
- Location: David H. Koch Theater at 20 Lincoln Center Plaza
Featured images credited to Ford Madox Brown via Wikipedia.