The movie presents an entertaining and accessible speculation about how the playwright could have labored over his words and conceits and, out of his own lost love, found the inspiration for Romeo and Juliet.
There was a period of two or perhaps three years during the early 1590s when Shakespeare made the extraordinary artistic leap from writing plays like the flawed and bloody Titus Andronicus to creating his romantic masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet, probably first performed in 1594 or 1595.
Nearly everyone knows the story of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” a tale set in 16 century Verona about two young lovers torn apart by their families misguided hatred. With lavish ballroom scenes, thrilling sword fights, and a resonant pas de deux, Resident Choreographer Elizabeth Wistrich takes great pains to breathe life into the epic story that so many people hold in their hearts. Supporting the passionate dance of over fifty dancers is Sergei Profokeiv’s lush score, with John Nettles conducting, as well as gorgeous sets and costumes from Sacramento Ballet. Classic Renaissance Italy is evoked to help bring the story to life right in front of you, making it a production that you simply can’t miss.
City Ballet of San Diego will be closing its 19th season with the world premiere of The tragic love story of “Romeo and Juliet” is known worldwide and continues to emotionally resonate with audiences regardless of the format it’s received. However, there is rarely an art form more beautiful than ballet and City Ballet of San Diego knows that combining the heartbreaking love story of “Romeo and Juliet” with the unimaginable beauty of ballet is a sight to behold.