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John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet

55 years after its premiere, the Stuttgart Ballet revisits John Cranko’s legendary “Romeo and Juliet” - this performance is “a revelation” (Daily Express).

  • John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet | Copyright: © UNITEL Edition, C Major Entertainment

    John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet © UNITEL Edition, C Major Entertainment

  • John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet | Copyright: © Stuttgart Ballet

    John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet © Stuttgart Ballet

  • John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet | Copyright: © Stuttgart Ballet

    John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet © Stuttgart Ballet

The Stuttgart Ballet revisits John Cranko’s legendary “Romeo and Juliet” – the very choreography which laid the foundations for the “Stuttgart Ballet Miracle”, the company’s meteoric rise to fame. Vividly etched characters, breathtaking pas de deux, dashing sword fights, colourful ensemble scenes, magnificent sets and costumes evoking the sunlit streets of Verona – all this is Cranko’s “Romeo and Juliet”. John Cranko, who led the Stuttgart Ballet from 1961 until his death in 1973, created the choreography of “Romeo and Juliet” especially for his ensemble.

Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s lush score, Cranko’s ballet is one of the definitive versions of the Shakespearean love tale being performed around the globe today. This production is marked by yet another anniversary: Marcia Haydee, Cranko’s muse and prima ballerina, was the very first, highly acclaimed Juliet. Haydee, who followed Cranko as artistic director of the Stuttgart Ballet, participates in this performance as Julia’s nurse, celebrating her 80th birthday on stage. She is joined by two other stars of the ensemble, Haydee’s former dance partner Egon Madsen as Friar Lawrence and Artistic Director Reid Anderson as Lord Capulet. As danced by the Stuttgart Ballet - one of the world’s leading ballet companies - this performance is “a revelation” (Daily Express).

BONUS: Marcia Haydée on “Romeo and Juliet” and her career with the Stuttgart Ballet. A conversation with Reid Anderson and Tamas Detrich.

Original title John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet
Genre Ballet
Recording location Opera House of the State Theatre Stuttgart, 29th, 30th April & 2nd May 2017
Duration 220 mins (Ballet 127 mins + Bonus 93 mins)
Producer A production of Unitel in co-production with SWR/Arte, NHK and the Stuttgart Ballet
Composer Sergei Prokofiev
Orchestra / Band State Theatre Stuttgart Orchestra
Conductor James Tuggle
Choreography by John Cranko
Dance Company Stuttgart Ballet
Costumes Jürgen Rose
Soloist Elisa Badenes, David Moore, Martí Fernández Paixà, Roman Novitzky, Robert Robinson, Marcia Haydée, Reid Anderson, Egon Madsen, Melinda Witham

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