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Romeo & Juliet

By Ivan Cavallari

From March 23rd To 27th, 2022 At 2 P.M. and 8 P.M.
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Presented by
iPhoto : Sasha Onyshchenko | Dancers : Kiara DeNae Felder & Hamilton Nieh
Synopsis
The story of those star-crossed lovers
The story of those star-crossed lovers
Inspired by Prokofiev’s timeless score, and faithful to the neo-classical choreographic tradition, Ivan Cavallari centers his retelling of this love story on the characters Romeo and Juliet, whose names represent both the idealism and fatality of love at first sight. Drawing on Italian literature from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, Cavallari takes the liberty to reframe the Shakespearian story with context and brings a new twist to the original mythical drama. He bases himself namely on Paolo Malatesta and Francesca Da Rimini, Dante Alighieri's tormented lovers. Two characters who truly did live in the Middle Ages and appear in the Canto V of Hell of his Divine Comedy. In his work, Dante also offers us the first literary mentions of the Cappelletti and Montecchi, who will later on become the Capulets and Montagues, respective families of Juliet and Romeo. The resulting setting in Cavallari's ballet is equally uncluttered and full of references to ignite the spectators’ imagination, transporting them to a place beyond time where our eternal lovers’ plight plays out across the eras. Cavallari preserves the tragic and humorous dimensions of Shakespeare's play while reappropriating the dramaturgy in his own way. He namely introduces a new character, Lady Guelfi, and develops the storylines of the parents with rich intrigue and dangerous liaisons. All the ingredients of a tragedy are present: innocence, passion, games of power. His work is a portrait of the disorder of the world and the fragility of existence, mirroring Shakespearean themes of death and the quest for redemption.
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iPhoto: Karine Kalfon
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