Mats Ek's Juliet & Romeo, music by Tchaikovsky

Mariko Kida (Juliet), Anthony Lomulgo (Romeo), Arsen Mehrabyan (Father)... — Royal Swedish Ballet

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Mats Ek — Choreographer
Anders Högstedt — Musical Adaptation
Magdalena Åberg — Set and costume design
Mariko Kida — Juliet
Anthony Lomulgo — Romeo
Arsen Mehrabyan — Father
Marie Lindqvist — Mother
Niklas Ek — Duke
Ana Laguna — Nurse
Jérôme Marchand — Mercutio
Hokuto Kodama — Benvolio
Pascal Jansson — Tybalt
Oscar Salomonsson — Paris
Daria Ivanova — Rosalinda
Jörgen Stövind — Peter
Royal Swedish Ballet

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After Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and Carmen, Mats Ek put together yet another groundbreaking production with his 2013 Stockholm Opera version of Shakespeare’s mythic drama, part of the opera company’s celebrations of its 240th anniversary. The Swedish choreographer interprets Romeo and Juliet as less the story of a rivalry between two warring families (the Montagues and the Capulets) 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 fragile 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 by the Orchestre Colonne under the direction of Alexander Polianichko.

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Directed by:
Thomas Grimm
Venue: Royal Swedish Opera House (Stockholm, Sweden)
Production date: 2013
Duration: 1 h 51 min
Production: A co-production of Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images with SVT and C Major Entertainment GmbH in association with Operan
Resolution: Full HD