Romeo & Juliet
Ahead of tonight’s Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s UK Première of LAC (After Swan Lake) at the London Coliseum, Northern Ballet has announced that it will open its spring 2015 season with the UK Première of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo production of Romeo & Juliet.
Set to Prokofiev’s unforgettable score, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Romeo & Juliet is choreographed by acclaimed dance-maker Jean-Christophe Maillot, who has been invited by the Bolshoi Ballet to create a new version of The Taming of the Shrew this July. His beautiful interpretation captures the essence of what it means to be young and in love, and tells of the devastating tragedy that unfolds when tenderness and naivety is met with violence and pride.
Massimo Moricone was born in 1958. He commenced his training in Rome at the Centro Sperimentale di Danza Contemporanea, and then later at Mudra, the Maurice Bejart school in Brussels, and at the Centre Internationale de la Danse in Cannes. Massimo Moricone has also studied acting but decided later to pursue a career in dance. He went on to appear with many companies throughout Italy, dancing the ballets of leading choreographers, including Alvin Ailey, Amedeo Amodio, Felix Blaska, George Balanchine, Janine Charrat, Derek Deane, Heinz Spoerli and Vittorio Biagi.
Prologue The sound of a distant thunderstorm accompanies the first image of the star-crossed lovers caught up in events they cannot control. Act I A Square in Town
Born: Lancashire. Education: Girton College, Cambridge; Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Companies/Organisations: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist); Northern Ballet Theatre (conductor and rehearsal pianist); Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director); Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor The Nutcracker and Giselle).
'Mature Movers' is a creative movement workshop that is fully accessible. Following a warm up participants are taught a section of a ballet with accompaniment from a live musician. This workshop took place on the stage of Leeds Grand Theatre on March 4, 2010 where the dancers learned The Knight's Dance section of Northern Ballet's production of Romeo & Juliet.
Pippa Moore & David Ward in the guise of Romeo & Juliet together with members of the Northern Ballet board visited the site of our new home on 1 March, 2010, to check on progress...