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SHAKESPEARE’S GREATEST TRAGIC ROMANCE
To this day, the city of Verona in Italy is still flooded with letters every week addressed to ‘Julia Capulet, Verona’. There could be no greater testament to how deeply Shakespeare’s classic tragedy continues to touch hearts around the world.
From Canada to Hong Kong
For his first full-length Dutch production in 1967, Rudi van Dantzig joined the ranks of dance-makers to borrow inspiration from the tale of Verona’s star-crossed lovers. With his gripping, realistic and engaged interpretation of Romeo and Juliet, Dutch National Ballet’s former artistic director created a masterpiece with the power to stir audiences in the Netherlands and far beyond, becoming part of the repertoire of companies from Canada to Hong Kong.
Lively street scenes
Featuring a new generation of dancers in the title roles, Dutch National Ballet brings Van Dantzig's beloved ballet classic – and seminal work in the company's own evolution – back to the stage. Romeo and Juliet is a feast for the eyes with its lively street scenes, stately court dances, realistic staged fights and heartbreaking encounters between the two lovers.
Subtle character portrayals
Van Dantzig based his own choreography in part on the original 1940 ballet version by Leonid Lavrovski. Yet the psychological and social immediacy of Van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet sets it apart from all other versions. Through subtle characterisations and a sensitive evocation of mood and emotion he shows how the feud between the noble families of Montecchi and Capoletti destroys everything in its wake, not only the carefree youth and budding love that proves fatal to Romeo and Juliet, but also the social fabric of Verona itself.
Part of the enduring success of Van Dantzig's Romeo and Juliet owes to its sumptuous staging. Toer van Schayk's set design is a Renaissance painting come to life in vivid scarlet and pastels.
Rudi van Dantzig (1933-2012)
If there is one word that best describes Rudi van Dantzig, it is ‘inspired’. For the twenty years that he was artistic director of Dutch National Ballet, Van Dantzig forged the company into a cohesive whole. His choreographies testify to a strong social commitment and ongoing quest to ‘attain the unattainable’. Among his most famous works are Vier letzte Lieder, Monument voor een gestorven jongen, Onder mijne voeten, Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake. Van Dantzig also made his name as a writer. His debut novel For a lost soldier, crowned with two awards (Geertjan Lubberhuizenprijs and Gouden Ezelsoor), was followed by The Trail of a Comet (a memoire about Rudolf Nureyev), a biography of Willem Arondeus and Memories of Sonia Gaskell, published posthumously.
Rudi van DantzigChoreographer
Few people have left such a mark on the Dutch National Ballet and the Dutch dance world as writer and choreographer Rudi van Dantzig (Amsterdam, 1933-2012). For twenty years Van Dantzig was the artistic leader of Dutch National Ballet and he made choreographies that demonstrated an enormous social involvement.
Choreography Rudi van Dantzig
Music Sergej Prokofjev
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
conducted by Ermanno Florio
Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Since its inception in 1965, the orchestra has been proud to accompany its partners, Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. The working method is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as principal conductor, consists of a regular core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest performers. This gives the orchestra its unique character: flexible, dynamic and high-quality. Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development. The orchestra’s mission is to create an optimal synthesis between music and dance, in order to reach dance-lovers and ballet music enthusiasts, as well as children and youngsters. The orchestra has received several international awards for its educational projects, including the Young Audiences Music Award in 2016 for Creatures, a collaborative project with dance company ISH.
‘Van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet is moving and spectacular’
‘Romeo and Juliet are back in business’
‘Moved to tears once more’