Moscow Ballet premiered Shakespeare’s classic love story in 2011 with all new choreography by Ballet Master Andrei Litvinov. Litvinov choreographed the new production drawing from his experiences dancing for legendary Yuri Grigorovich and modernist Radu Poklitaru.The production features all new opulent costumes designed by nationally renowned expert and Moscow Ballet Resident Designer Arthur Oliver and hand-painted sets created in the style of the Italian Renaissance in one of St Petersburg’s oldest theatrical shops. The company of nearly 40 dancers are award-winning professionals, and the principals are acclaimed by press and public alike.
The story begins with feuding between the youth in the village square. Romeo Montague and friends then crash a party at the Capulet house where he meets Juliet Capulet and falls instantly in love with her. On the balcony at night’s end, the two proclaim their eternal love. Hoping to put an end to the family feud, Friar Lawrence secretly marries the couple. Later, Juliet’s cousin Tybalt kills Romeo’s friend Mercutio in a fight. A distraught Romeo kills Tybalt in a fit of revenge, and is sent into exile.
Juliet turns to Friar Lawrence for help and he devises a plan: Juliet is to drink a sleeping potion to make her appear dead. When she is buried in the family tomb, Friar Lawrence will tell Romeo the truth and he will rescue her. The news of Juliet’s death reaches Romeo, but not Friar Lawrence’ message. Believing Juliet dead, Romeo goes to her, drinks a poison and dies. When Juliet awakens, she sees her love dead and kills herself.