Pre-Show SPARK! (6:30 PM) is a great opportunity for young patrons to meet and greet with some of the Ballet Memphis Artistic Staff. This event will feature Steven McMahon, who is the choreographer for Romeo and Juliet, as he discusses his telling of Romeo and Juliet and answers questions.
Performance begins at 8:00PM. Exclusive Young Arts Patrons Wine and Snacks Served at Intermission for members.
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About Romeo & Juliet
For the first mainstage show of its 29th season, Ballet Memphis will reprise Steven McMahon’s version of the oft-interpreted classic. McMahon, a company member since 2004 and its current artistic associate, created the three-act ballet in 2011 on the Sergei Prokofiev score, considered one of the most popular and enduring in the ballet world. It debuted in April 2011 at Playhouse on the Square. Other storybook ballets choreographed by McMahon for Ballet Memphis include Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and Cinderella.
In McMahon’s vision, Friar Lawrence becomes a lead character, a chorus per se for the audience to access the story of “Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
“I think it’s important to revisit things that are considered masterpieces,” said McMahon. “I think we learn more about ourselves when we see things that embody everything that we are.”
Re-reading the play, McMahon noticed that there are very clear denotations of public and private space, whether it’s the town square or inside the Capulet house, but what happens in one directly influences another. The scenic elements by Robert Andrew Kovach reflects this sense of space. Slade Kyle worked with the Company on stage fighting and swordplay.
This season’s show opens October 17 and will run through October 24 at Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper in Midtown Memphis.