Royal Swedish Ballet — Mats Ek’s Juliet & Romeo

24 - 27 Sep 2014

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


The world’s fourth oldest ballet company, Royal Swedish Ballet performs in London for the first time since 1995. To celebrate its 240th anniversary, Johannes Öhman, the director of the Royal Swedish Ballet has commissioned renowned choreographer Mats Ek to create a full length adaptation of a timeless love story for 32 of the company’s dancers. Having created many new interpretations of classics, Ek’s Juliet & Romeo attracted much acclaim both in its native Sweden and internationally. Making its UK premiere this autumn, Ek brings a quirky twist to this much-loved ballet.

"For a long time no choreographer has produced such a beautiful gift"

Juliet & Romeo is set to a score by Tchaikovsky – rather than the more traditional Prokofiev – adapted and arranged by Anders Högstedt. This new production features scenography and costume design by Magdalena Åberg. The Renaissance-inspired costumes are given a modern twist, while the dark, urban setting helps bring this classic love story into the 21st century. Pairing a contemporary aesthetic with dynamic choreography and Linus Fellbom’s atmospheric light design, Ek places this romantic tale in a brutal environment strewn with conflict between characters and generations.

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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