From a smile to despair, from fierce malice to eternal love - Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" is considered his greatest work. The play has forever settled in art, including a soulful ballet, one of the most popular ballets of the 20th century.
The story about the unhappy love of a young man and a girl from warring families, familiar to every educated person, excited many composers, but Sergey Prokofiev managed to create a masterpiece, a ballet symphony, which is still staged in the most famous theaters of the world and played at classical music concerts.
The idea of the ballet came to Prokofiev in 1930, but the production was constantly postponed: artists and musicians considered the music "non-dance", "non-ballet", many refused to participate in the performance. Nevertheless, the premiere took place and was crowned with such success that the ballet received the prestigious Stalin Prize. “Romeo and Juliet” premiered on Moscow stage in 1946, and since then this ballet has always occupied a prominent place in the repertoire of the Bolshoi Theatre.
Our theater combines not only a well-known plot and classical dance, but also a strong acting game, which is able to convey the philosophical and historical meaning of Shakespeare's play. After all, the story of unfortunate lovers is just a consequence of the confrontation between the two richest families in the era of the Italian Renaissance. And family feud is a relic of ancient times, when blood feud was considered a sacred duty.
On the stage, we can see not only the confrontation between the Montagues and the Capulets, stern power-hungry parents and their tenderly loveing children, the furious Tybalt and the frivolous Mercutio, but also the old and new worlds: militant paganism and submissive Christianity unfold.