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About Romeo & Juliet
In this version, choreographed by Morgann Runacre-Temple and with Prokofiev's stunning music, Shakespeare's tragic tale is transported from the streets of medieval Verona into the classrooms of a modern-day high school and becomes a play within a play. The Chaplain at a school, divided by gangs and violence, brings a fight to a close. He, together with their form teacher, attempts to show the futility of such behaviour by introducing the pupils to the play Romeo & Juliet, with the feuding Montague and Capulet families, and the story of the doomed love affair between the heirs of these two feuding tribes. Each pupil is assigned a character and the action ensues...
The result is a heart stopping ballet with a dazzling combination of passion and hatred, comedy and high tragedy.
"Runacre-Temple taps into a zeitgeist so many other ballet companies desperately want to access right now, making relevant what is often seen as an elitist artform while still honouring its roots...Runacre-Temple gets it” - The Irish Times October 2010