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Royal Swedish Opera House

Julia och Romeo

Piotr Ilytch Tchaikovsky

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Bringing the focus to Juliet, Mats Ek re-examines the ageless story of tragic love. Exploring the subversive power of love as it conflicts with a legacy of violence, Ek highlights the brutal struggle between generations. Love, hate and jealousy — Ek’s take on the classic is simultaneously refreshingly funny and tearfully sad.

The ballet takes place in a city in crisis, a rough urban landscape in grey and black. Three walls are the only scenography on stage, moved by dancers and crew to create different environments and shapes. The music is a collection of pieces by Piotr Tchaikovsky selected by Mats Ek. It includes excerpts from the Pathetique, the Manfred Symphony, the Capriccio Italien, his Piano Concerto et al. Anders Högstedt skillfully adapted and arranged the music, as if it were specifically composed for this ballet.


ConductorAlexander Polianichko

ChoreographerMats Ek

CastMembers of The Royal Swedish Ballet

Number of actsTwo Acts

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