Les Grands Ballets presents

Romeo & Juliet

By Ivan Cavallari

The tragedy of the lovers of Verona has endured through the centuries and comes back to the stage of Les Grands Ballets in a new version, designed by Ivan Cavallari. On the famous notes of Prokofiev, the purity of Romeo and Juliet’s love comes to life from March 23 to 27 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. A breathtaking show that will let the company’s 45 dancers shine and showcase its Orchestra.

Inspired by Prokofiev’s timeless score, Ivan Cavallari centers his neoclassical retelling of this love story on the characters Romeo and Juliet, whose names have been heard through time. Drawing on Italian literature from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, Cavallari decorates the Shakespearian story and gives himself a few liberties with this mythical story. The resulting setting 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.

“Romeo and Juliet is a universal love story that has inspired many generations of artists from Dante to Shakespeare, who brought to this story a worldwide popularity. I like to think that Romeo and Juliet shouldn’t be connected to a specific period as I believe love inhabits an ageless space.” – Ivan Cavallari, Artistic Director and Choreographer

Cavallari preserves the tragic and humorous dimensions of Shakespeare’s play while reappropriating the dramaturgy in his own way: he introduces a new character, Countess 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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8:00pm
Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 8:00pm
Friday, March 25, 2022 at 8:.00pm
Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 2:00pm
Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 2:00pm

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
To purchase your tickets visit: www.grandsballets.com