Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich Sets and costumes by Simon Virsaladze
The Bolshoi Ballet has danced three versions of Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, one of the most popular ballets in the world repertoire - by Leonid Lavrovsky (1946, revived - 1995), - Yuri Grigorovich (1979) - and Radu Poklitaru (2003, director Declan Donnellan). Though it was premiered at the Paris Opera, Yuri Grigorovich's version belongs heart and soul to the Bolshoi. Many stars danced the lead roles in the ballet, creating unforgettable images, which have become part of Bolshoi Theatre history. In reviving his ballet, Yuri Grigorovich is aiming this time round, virtually without exception, at the younger members of the Company. Yekaterina Krysanova, Anna Nikulina, Artem Ovcharenko, Andrei Merkuriev are among those who will be dancing in the revival. As is the case with virtually all Grigorovich's ballets, Romeo and Juliet was created in close collaboration with the outstanding scenographer, Academician Simon Virsaladze. The sets he created are to be restored and will again grace the Bolshoi Theatre stage.
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 Church. Friar Lawrence marries Romeo and Juliet in secret.
Scene 3 A Square in Verona. Quarrel, ending in a duel, between Mercutio andTybalt. Death of Mercutio. Romeo’s revenge and Tybalt’s death Lament for theDead.
Scene 4 Juliet’s Room. The Lovers meet prior to theirseparation. 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 theopiate. 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 toJuliet. Death of the Lovers.
Sergei Prokofiev "Romeo and Juliet" (Ballet in three acts) on the playbill