About the Performance
A deeply evocative ballet that will touch audiences with its emotion, wit and sheer beauty
Choreographer Bengt Jörgen, C.M.
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Costume Design Gary Dahms
Set & Lighting Design Glenn Davidson
Number of Dancers 14
Run Time Two hours with one intermission
This ballet masterfully tells Shakespeare’s tale of love, anguish and revenge. While remaining true to the original story, Bengt Jörgen has focused on principal scenes and characters in order to create a clear and emotionally driven journey. Jörgen’s choreography follows the development of its lead characters, Romeo and Juliet and mirrors the progression of their fated relationship. Ballet Jörgen Canada’s interpretation of this timeless classic has won international recognition and critical acclaim. It has been showcased in major cities and communities across Canada, the United States, China, and Hong Kong. The beautifully minimalist, flexible sets designed by Glenn Davidson, are easily integrated into the choreography and moved fluidly from scene to scene. Renaissance Italy comes to life in a riot of colour with costumes by Gary Dahms.
“A production that looks like a ballet but feels like a play.”
– Michael Crabb, The National Post
“Bengt Jörgen crafts a jewel-box Romeo & Juliet.”
– Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail
“Bengt Jörgen focuses his dramatic lens on the title characters’ love and creates an abundance of inventive pas de deux choreography, enchantingly danced.”
– Lisa Jo Sagolla, Backstage Weekly, New York