(Phoenix, Arizona) – Prepare to feel the sweeping romance and profound tragedy of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet as Ballet Arizona performs six performances over Valentine’s Day weekend, February 9-12, at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix.
The ballet, choreographed by Ballet Arizona’s renowned Artistic Director Ib Andersen, is a feast for the eyes and ears with sweepingly regal ballroom scenes, vivacious swordplay and poignant pas de deux to the tune of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s dramatic score. A production for ballet and classical music fans alike, Romeo & Juliet seamlessly blends the touching tragic story of doomed love with Prokofiev’s rich score. The score is rarely heard in its entirety, but will be performed in full by the acclaimed Phoenix Symphony, making Romeo & Juliet a must-see for all performing arts fans.
The beloved Shakespeare classic tells the story of two feuding families – the Capulets and Montagues – whose disputes have caused a rift in the 16th century Verona, Italy community. A Montague son, Romeo, is sworn to marry another woman when he mischievously sneaks into the Capulet ball, where he spots the captivating Juliet. The tale that unfolds is a lesson in petty feuds, dire consequences, and of course, true love.
Get an inside look and learn more about the production of Romeo & Juliet at the pre- and post-performance chats with members of the artistic staff, who will discuss choreography, design, story and other aspects of the production, included with admission. Pre-performance chats will be held 45 minutes before the shows on Thursday, February 9 at 7 p.m. and Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. A post-performance chat will be held 15 minutes after the Saturday, February 11 matinee.
Ticket prices for Romeo & Juliet start at $25, with discounts offered for seniors, students, military and groups. Tickets can be purchased by calling 602.381.1096 or visiting balletaz.org.