Tchaikovsky: Juliet & Romeo (DVD) – Royal Swedish Ballet

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Tchaikovsky: Juliet & Romeo (DVD) – Royal Swedish Ballet

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Artists: Mariko Kida, Anthony Lomuljo, Arsen Mehrabyan, Marie Lindqvist, Niklas Ek, Ana Laguna, Jérôme Marchand, Royal Swedish Ballet & Orchestra
Conductor: Alexander Polianichko
Choreographer: Mats Ek
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: C Major Entertainment
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014
Run Time: 108 minutes

After Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and Carmen, Mats Ek puts together another groundbreaking production with his 2013 version of Shakespeare’s mythic drama. The Swedish choreographer interprets Romeo and Juliet as less the story of a rivalry between two warring families and more that of a forced marriage—a perspective that informs his decision to reverse the protagonists’ names in the title. Ek’s Juliet and Romeo follows its young heroine as love gives her the strength to go against her family and the patriarchy.

The musical score Ek chose for Juliet and Romeo holds as many surprises as his unique interpretation: rather than Prokofiev’s score—which the choreographer considers “a magnificent example of its genre” yet too narrative-driven for his purposes—Ek uses selections from Tchaikovsky’s oeuvre adapted and arranged by Anders Högstedt. The final score is performed under the direction of Alexander Polianichko.

“Breathtaking, furious and fascinating” (Die Welt)



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