Romeo & Juliet by Graeme Murphy, music by Prokofiev

Madeleine Eastoe (Juliet), Kevin Jackson (Romeo), Daniel Gaudiello (Mercutio), Andrew Killian (Tybalt), Jacob Sofer (Benvolio) — Australian Ballet

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Graeme Murphy — Choreographer

Akira Isogawa — Costume designer

Gerard Manion — Set designer

Damien Cooper — Lighting designer

Jason Lam — Projection designer

Madeleine Eastoe — Juliet

Kevin Jackson — Romeo

Daniel Gaudiello — Mercutio

Andrew Killian — Tybalt

Jacob Sofer — Benvolio

Damien Welch — Lord Capulet

Amy Harris — Lady Capulet

John-Paul Idaszak — Lord Montague

Alice Topp — Lady Montague

Adam Bull — Prince of Darkness

Tristan Message — Prince of Peace

Elizabeth Hill — Nurse

Program notes

The Australian Ballet revisits a monument of ballet history: Romeo & Juliet, set to the legendary score by Sergei Prokofiev—with a new 2011 choreography by the illustrious Graeme Murphy, one of his country's most acclaimed ballet artists! In the splendid Arts Centre Melbourne, the dancers of the prestigious company bring grace and emotion to the epic tragedy, impeccably outfitted by fashion designer Akira Isogawa in ethereal shades of blue.

Presenting a new choreography of such a beloved masterpiece is a daunting challenge, and Murphy is well aware of the stakes: "What I love," he says, "is the challenge of finding a new way of interpreting a story that has been reinterpreted a million times… The challenge now is to find a way that excites a new audience and […] finding a way beyond words, because dance is not dealing in words." He rises admirably to the challenge with a deeply expressive choreography, at once acrobatic and full of sensitivity. Under the baton of the excellent Nicolette Fraillon, the Orchestra Victoria performs a sterling rendition of the immortal score, while the title roles are danced to perfection by Kevin Jackson and Madeleine Eastoe.

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