Moscow Festival Ballet: Romeo & Juliet \ Carmen
About Moscow Festival Ballet
The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.
Leading dancers from across the Russia have forged under Radchenko’s direction an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics such as Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita and Carmen.
Since its inception, the Moscow Festival Ballet has completed two tours of Europe, with extraordinary receptions in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Two tours of the United Kingdom, including capacity audiences at London's famed Coliseum, have resulted in re- engagements during the 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons.
The company has also performed with great success in Turkey at the Istanbul Festival and in Greece at the Athens Festival, and recently completed a two-month tour of Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong. Under the direction of Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet continues to expand its repertoire. In addition to commissioning new works from within Russia and abroad, the company specializes in Twentieth Century full-length ballets such as Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Legend of Love, Stone Flower and The Golden Age. Mr. Radchenko has researched the original choreography and stage productions of several of Marius Petipa's classic ballets, including new productions in the year 2000 of Don Quixote and Paquita, and a recreation of Jules Perrot's and Jean Coralli's Giselle.
Romeo & Juliet (First Half)
After William Shakespear's Tragedy - Full-length Ballet
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikowski
Choreography by Elena Radchenko based on sketches of Marius Petipa
Sets and costumes by Elena and Sergey Radchenko Libretto by Elena and Sergei Radchenko
The Capulets are hosting a magnificent celebration. By their house a crowd of guests is dancing in the square. The Montagues, who are the Capulets enemies and rivals, are naturally not invited.
There are Mercutio and Benvolio with friends. They try to persuade their friend Romeo, Lord Montague’s son, to put on a mask with them and sneak into the feast. Romeo agrees. In the course of the merriment and dancing, Romeo meets Juliet, who unmasks him. They instantly fall in love with each other.
Lady Capulet’s nephew, Tybalt, is a desperate rake and squabbler. On seeing the strangers at the celebration, he starts a fight with Mercutio. However Mercutio makes fun of Tybalt and cheers everybody up. Mercutio, Romeo’s best friend, gets villainously killed by Tybalt in a brawl. Romeo confronts and accidently slays Tybalt, who dies before the Capulets’ eyes.
They are in grief and ask for revenge. Romeo runs away. He hurries to a rendezvous with his beloved Juliet. Risking his life, Romeo gets into Juliet’s bedroom.
The loving couple meet. They carry on a dialogue. They vow fidelity until death parts them and become a husband and a wife. Suddenly a nurse appears and warns that Juliet’s parents and Paris are coming. They have chosen him as a rich fiancée for their daughter. The parents have a stern conversation with Juliet, who doesn’t want to marry Paris. The father is outraged. He tells Juliet that she will marry Paris tomorrow. The three of them leave the bedroom.
Juliet is stricken with the news. She asks Friar Laurence to give her a hypnotic drug so that she looks dead and the wedding with Paris can be cancelled. Juliet takes the drug to fall asleep, but Romeo does not know anything about it. Learning about Juliet’s death, he runs into her bedroom to die next to her. Romeo sees Juliet and believes that she is dead.. He cannot imagine life without her so he has some poison prepared and he takes
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