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22 July 2019 (Mon), 19:00 Russian National Ballet Theatre - Classical Ballet Romeo and Juliet

Running time: 2 hour 20 minutes (till 22:15)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Romeo and Juliet 2020

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev

Orchestra: Symphony orchestra of the Summer Ballet Seasons

Classical Ballet in 3 acts

World premiere: 11 January 1940, Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, USSR

Choreography fantasy in 3 parts based on W.Shakespear’s tragedy and script by S.Prokofiev

The ballet-masters had been dreaming of staging “Romeo and Juliet” for a long time. They were interested in everything – both wonderful and pure love of the young heroes and picturesque Renaissance Venus, as well as comical servants’ characters. They called their performance a choreography fantasy. It is a peculiar theatre fresco – large and lyrical, passionate and delicate. It revives the unforgettable images, created by Renaissance masters in our memory. The choreography of the ballet also follows classical traditions, using some Italian nuisances.

The summary of the ballet

Romeo Montekki, young person from Verona, is fallen in love with the excellent lady Rosaline that, however, does not prevent him from participating in merry tricks of his friends Mercutio and Benvolio, or in street skirmishes between the representatives of two quarrelling families - Montekki and Capulet. This hostility has already taken away dozens of lives. So, one more fight takes place early in the morning, beginning with servants’ arguments. The Duke of Verona tries to make peace between the heads of the two quarrelling families, but in vain… He announces that from now on all the guilty will pay their lives for any bloodshed.

In the Capulet’s house the nurse tries to wake up her favourite. Juliette is naughty and doesn’t listen to her. Parents enter the room. Signor and Signora Capulet remind the girls, that she is old enough to meet her groom at today’s ball. He is Count Paris.

Dames and knights are dancing at the ball. Romeo and his friends are also here. Secretly. But having seen each other incidentally in the hall, Romeo and Juliette understand that they have fallen in love at first sight.

Tibalt is quite an aggressive person. He is Juliette’s cousin and he recognizes in Romeo a member of the enemy family.

Romeo and Juliette meet at night and talk about their love.

During the carnival Juliette and Romeo agree about a secret wedding. The nurse is on their side. They ask monk Lorenzo to help them. He marries them in hope that Romeo and Juliette’s unit will put an end to that deathly feud.

Tibalt and Mercutio face each other among carnival crowd. They are determined to use any chance for a quarrel that ends up with a fight on swards. Romeo tries to calm them down, but in vain. Tibalt wounds Mercutio from under Romeo’s hand. The wound is dangerous. The crown cries for their favourite Mercutio. Romeo runs after Tibalt to take revenge for his friend and kills him after a long and difficult fight. Juliette hears the noise and runs out. She sees her cousin dying. Lorenzo takes Romeo with him to save from the Duke’s fury.

At the dawn next day Romeo says farewell to Juliette and leaves Verona. Juliette’s parents can’t make the girl marry Paris. Lorenzo suggests her plan. Juliette will have some drink that will put her to a sleep that looks like death. Meanwhile Lorenzo will let Romeo know about it. He will get into Capulet’s family vault by the moment of Juliette’s awaking and will take the girl from Verona for ever. Juliette agrees to marry Paris and drinks the medicine.

Merry arrangements to the wedding are interrupted by the nurse’s pitiful cries. She has found dead Juliette. The funeral moves to the vault. But the news about Juliette’s death gets to Romeo earlier, than news from Lorenzo. Romeo gets into the vault, says farewell to Juliette and commits suicide himself. Juliette wakes up and sees his breathless body. She sees no sense in living without her beloved. She throws Romeo’s sharp knife in her heart.

Only over their children’s bodies the heads of Montekki and Capulet forget about their bloody quarrel.

Music For Ballets Fragment 1 Fragment 2


Act I

Scene 1: The Park of a Castle 

Prince Siegfried and his friends are celebrating his coming of age at a private party. The guests drink to his health and the jester entertains them with his antics. The Prince is warned that his mother, the Princess Regent, is approaching. 
She is displeased with her son’s behaviour and she presents him with a crossbow. After the Princess has gone, the partying begins anew. 
Twilight falls. The guests depart and the Prince is left alone in the park. High above, Siegfried catches sight of a flock of white swans and the vision stirs the hunter’s urge in him. 
Seizing his bow, the Prince makes his way off into the heart of the forest. 

Scene 2: A Lake in the Forest in the Middle of the Night 
White swans are swimming near the shore; they are beautiful young maidens who have been transformed by the evil magician von Rothbart. Only at night can they assume human form and the only power on earth which can break this evil spell is devoted love. 
Siegfried appears. He sees one of the white birds come to shore and draws his bow to shoot it. The bird suddenly turns into a beautiful woman – it is Odette, Queen of the swan-maidens. Odette’s beauty enthrals the Prince and he tries to capture her. She, however, is afraid of the evil magician and, as she avoids Siegfried, she disappears in the midst of the swan-maidens. Siegfried runs after Odette and vows eternal love and fidelity to her. 
Odette’s heart responds in the same way to Siegfried’s passionate love. 
Dawn breaks. Odette bids Siegfried a tender farewell and the white swans glide slowly away across the lake.

Act II

Scene 3: A Ball at the Castle 
Siegfried must choose a bride from among the well-bred maidens who have been invited, but he remains indifferent to them all because he has given his heart to Odette. Only at his mother’s insistence does he dance with any of the prospective brides. 
He must, however, choose one of them, and as a token of his love, he must give his chosen bride a bouquet. As he faces this dilemma, however, a fanfare of trumpets heralds the arrival of new guests – the magician von Rothbart and Odile, his daughter. The Prince is struck by her resemblance to Odette. 
Von Rothbart wants the Prince to fall in love with Odile so that he will break his vow of eternal love and fidelity; Odette will then remain in the sorcerer’s power forever. It is for this reason that he has given his own daughter Odette’s form and features. Odile seduces Siegfried, who is fascinated by her charm. He announces to his mother that the beautiful Odile is his choice. The wicked magician is jubilant. 
Suddenly Siegfried sees a vision of the true swan-maiden outside the castle window and realises that he has been deceived into breaking his vow. In despair, he rushes to the lake to find his beloved Odette.

Act III 

Scene 4: The Lakeside, at Night 
The swan-maidens stand dejected and sad. Odette has told them what has happened. 
Siegfried rushes in. He begs Odette to forgive him and he professes his undying love for her, but the enraged sorcerer summons the black swans and commands them to separate Odette and Siegfried. Siegfried grapples with the sorcerer. Fearless in the encounter, he breaks von Rothbart’s wing. The sorcerer collapses, his power gone, and he dies. Love has broken the evil spell. The sun rises and shines radiantly on the Prince and Odette, and on the maidens whom Siegfried has rescued.

Act l
Scene 1
A Square in Verona.
Brawl between the Montagues and Capulets.

Scene 2
A masked Romeo and Mercutio are on their way to the ball at the Capulets.

Scene 3
Juliet’s Room. Preparations for the ball.

Scene 4
Ball at the Capulets.

Scene 5
The Capulets’ Garden.
First Meeting between Romeo and Juliet.

Act ll
Scene 1
A Square in Verona. Carnival.
Meeting between Mercutio and Tybalt.

Scene 2
Friar Lawrence marries Romeo and Juliet in secret.

Scene 3
A Square in Verona.
Quarrel, ending in a duel, between Mercutio and Tybalt.
Death of Mercutio.
Romeo’s revenge and Tybalt’s death
Lament for the Dead.

Scene 4
Juliet’s Room.
The Lovers meet prior to their separation.
Paris woos Juliet.

Scene 5
Romeo’s despair in banishment.

Scene 6
Friar Lawrence gives Juliet an opiate.

Scene 7
Juliet’s Room.
Paris woos Juliet.
Juliet drinks the opiate.
Juliet’s vision.

Scene 8
The house of the Capulets.
Paris’ morning Serenade.
News of Juliet’s fictitious death.
The sad news puts an end to the wedding preparations.

Scene 9
The Capulet Vault Romeo’s despair.
Romeo bids farewell to Juliet.
Death of the Lovers

Schedule for Romeo and Juliet 2020

"Romeo and Juliet" Russian classical ballet (a.d. O.Usacheva)
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