Ballet BC is thrilled to have the iconic story Romeo + Juliet expertly crafted by Medhi Walerski, one of the most original voices in international dance today. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s original score, this full-length commission showcases Walerski’s signature style that brings together dazzling landscapes woven with poetic, unpredictable and complex imagery. Walerski brings a contemporary familiarity to the story of Romeo and Juliet—“the vision of love that Shakespeare gave us in this masterwork is very precious. It is like holding a jewel in your hand that needs to be protected.”
His previous creations for Ballet BC, Petite Cérémonie, Prelude and Natus, were instant successes with audiences in Vancouver and on tour. Romeo and Juliet will be Walerski’s second full-evening commission for Ballet BC, and his first full-length narrative work. This innovative reworking of the full-length classic is a collaboration between Dutch set and lighting designer Theun Mosk, an international team of collaborators and the Arts Umbrella Graduate Dance Program.
Photo by Wendy D.