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Ballet in three acts after William Shakespeare

Choreography John Cranko · Composer Sergej Prokofjew

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Choreographie
John Cranko
Inszenierung
John Cranko
Einstudierung
Stefan Erler (03-15-2006, 03-17-2006, 03-19-2006, 04-08-2006, 04-20-2006, 09-23-2006, 09-24-2006, 09-26-2006, 09-27-2006, 09-28-2006, 01-04-2007, 01-07-2007, 01-14-2007, 01-14-2007, 02-10-2007, 02-11-2007, 11-09-2008, 11-09-2008, 11-12-2008, 11-14-2008, 11-21-2008, 09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013, 11-10-2013, 04-17-2014, 04-18-2014, 04-19-2014, 01-17-2015, 01-22-2015, 01-24-2015) , Georgette Tsinguirides (01-28-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 05-28-2015, 11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 04-10-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018)
Bühne und Kostüme
Jürgen Rose
Musikalische Leitung
Valery Ovsyanikov (01-04-2007, 01-07-2007, 01-14-2007, 02-10-2007, 02-11-2007, 11-09-2008, 11-09-2008, 11-12-2008, 11-14-2008, 11-21-2008) , Robertas Šervenikas (09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013, 11-10-2013, 01-17-2015, 01-22-2015, 01-24-2015, 01-28-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 05-28-2015, 11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 04-10-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018)

Julia
Ilana Werner (11-09-2008, 11-21-2008) , Lisa-Maree Cullum (11-09-2008, 11-14-2008) , Lucia Lacarra (11-12-2008, 10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013) , Katherina Markowskaja (09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 01-24-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 05-28-2015) , Ivy Amista (11-10-2013, 01-28-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 01-20-2017, 02-12-2018) , Polina Semionova (01-17-2015, 01-22-2015) , Maria Shirinkina (11-05-2016, 04-10-2017) , Ksenia Ryzhkova (11-11-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018)
Romeo
Karen Azatyan (11-09-2008, 11-21-2008) , Alen Bottaini (11-09-2008, 11-14-2008) , Marlon Dino (11-12-2008, 10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013, 01-28-2015) , Lukáš Slavický (09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 01-24-2015) , Tigran Mikayelyan (11-10-2013, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015) , Friedemann Vogel (01-17-2015, 01-22-2015) , Javier Amo (04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 05-28-2015) , Vladimir Shklyarov (11-05-2016, 11-21-2016, 04-10-2017) , Jonah Cook (11-11-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018) , Osiel Gouneo (11-12-2016, 01-20-2017, 02-12-2018)
Tybalt
Cyril Pierre (11-09-2008, 11-12-2008, 11-21-2008, 10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013, 01-24-2015, 01-28-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015) , Norbert Graf (11-09-2008, 11-14-2008, 09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 05-28-2015) , Matej Urban (11-10-2013, 01-17-2015, 01-22-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 02-27-2017, 04-10-2017) , Tigran Mikayelyan (11-12-2016, 02-28-2017) , Erik Murzagaliyev (01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-12-2018) , Emilio Pavan (02-09-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018)
Graf Paris
Maxim Chashchegorov (11-09-2008, 11-09-2008, 11-12-2008, 11-14-2008, 11-21-2008, 09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 11-10-2013, 01-24-2015, 01-28-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 05-28-2015) , Erik Murzagaliyev (10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013, 01-17-2015, 01-22-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 04-10-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018) , Adam Zvonař (11-05-2016, 11-12-2016) , Matteo Dilaghi (11-11-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 02-12-2018)
Mercutio
Tigran Mikayelyan (11-09-2008, 11-12-2008, 11-21-2008, 09-21-2013, 09-30-2013) , Lukáš Slavický (11-09-2008, 11-14-2008, 11-10-2013) , Karen Azatyan (10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013) , Javier Amo (01-17-2015, 01-22-2015, 01-24-2015, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-12-2018) , Adam Zvonař (01-28-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 05-28-2015) , Jonah Cook (11-05-2016, 11-21-2016) , Alexey Popov (11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 12-09-2016, 02-28-2017, 04-10-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018)
Benvolio
Javier Amo (11-09-2008, 11-21-2008, 09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 11-10-2013) , Mohamed Youssry (11-09-2008, 11-14-2008) , Lukáš Slavický (11-12-2008) , Wlademir Faccioni (10-05-2013, 10-07-2013) , Ilia Sarkisov (11-10-2013, 01-24-2015, 01-28-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 05-28-2015) , Léonard Engel (01-17-2015, 01-22-2015) , Dmitrii Vyskubenko (11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 04-10-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018) , Alexander Omelchenko (02-27-2017, 02-28-2017)
Graf Capulet
Vincent Loermans (11-09-2008, 11-09-2008, 11-14-2008, 11-21-2008) , Jürgen Wienert (11-12-2008) , Cyril Pierre (09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 01-17-2015, 01-22-2015) , Vittorio Alberton (10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013, 11-10-2013, 01-24-2015, 01-28-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-28-2015) , Stefan Moser (05-03-2015) , Norbert Graf (11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 04-10-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018)
Gräfin Capulet
Silvia Confalonieri (11-09-2008, 11-09-2008, 11-14-2008, 11-21-2008) , Sunnyi Melles (11-12-2008) , Séverine Ferrolier (09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013, 11-10-2013, 01-17-2015, 01-22-2015, 01-24-2015, 01-28-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 05-28-2015, 11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 04-10-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018)
Faschingsprinz
Gregory Mislin (11-09-2008, 11-09-2008, 11-12-2008, 11-14-2008, 11-21-2008) , Ilya Shcherbakov (09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 11-10-2013, 11-10-2013, 01-17-2015, 01-22-2015, 04-01-2015) , Martin Milner (10-05-2013, 10-07-2013) , Olzhas Tarlanov (01-24-2015, 01-28-2015, 04-06-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 05-28-2015) , Vladislav Dolgikh (11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 02-27-2017, 04-10-2017) , Wentao Li (01-20-2017, 02-28-2017) , Jinhao Zhang (02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018)
Julias Amme
Irene Steinbeißer (11-09-2008, 11-09-2008, 11-12-2008, 11-14-2008, 11-21-2008) , Elaine Underwood (09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013, 11-10-2013, 01-17-2015, 01-22-2015, 01-24-2015, 01-28-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 05-28-2015, 11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 04-10-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018)
Pater Lorenzo
Peter Jolesch (11-09-2008, 11-09-2008, 11-14-2008, 11-21-2008, 09-21-2013, 09-30-2013, 10-05-2013, 10-07-2013, 11-10-2013, 11-10-2013, 01-17-2015, 01-22-2015, 01-24-2015, 01-28-2015, 04-01-2015, 04-06-2015, 04-08-2015, 05-03-2015, 05-28-2015, 11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 04-10-2017, 02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018) , Ivan Liška (11-12-2008)
Zigeunerin
Evgenia Dolmatova (11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 04-10-2017) , Luiza Bernardes Bertho (11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 04-10-2017) , Mia Rudic (11-05-2016, 11-11-2016, 11-12-2016, 11-21-2016, 12-09-2016, 01-14-2017, 01-20-2017, 02-27-2017, 02-28-2017, 04-10-2017) , Elisa Mestres (11-12-2016, 12-09-2016, 02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018) , Maria Chiara Bono (02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018) , Freya Thomas (02-09-2018, 02-12-2018, 02-17-2018, 04-17-2018)
  • Soloists and corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester

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Even though John Cranko is South African, he counts as one of the most significant English choreographers of the 20th century. Furthermore, he is a central figure in German ballet history – after all, he contributed greatly to the fact that Germany returned to the forefront of the ballet world in the 1960s. In particular his version of Romeo and Juliet, created in 1962, directed the eyes of the ballet world back to the "Dance Country Germany" after it had been the catalyst of "Ausdruckstanz" and Modern Dance during the first third of the 20th century.
Cranko's Romeo and Juliet is told in the most clear and concise way, making explanations in the program book almost completely redundant. In his choreographic handwriting, each movement resembles an emotion. It is purely classical, but combines different styles and influences: from the near acrobatic virtuosity of the soviet ballet to the subtle elegance of the English style. This mixture is especially evident in his pas de deux between lovers. Ever since 1968, the ballet has been in the repertory of the Bavarian State Ballet. Every new generation of audiences and dancer alike is enchanted and devastated by the drama of this Piece.






 

1.Akt

1.Szene. Morgendämmerung in Verona. Romeo erklärt der schönen Rosalinde seine Liebe. Als die Stadt erwacht, füllt sich der Marktplatz mit Leuten, und ein Kampf entbrennt zwischen den beiden rivalisierenden Familien Capulet und Montague. Der Herzog von Verona warnt die Familien: wenn weiter Unfrieden herrscht zwischen ihnen, werde er sie bestrafen müssen, selbst mit dem Tode. ? 2. Szene. Julia erhält von ihrer Mutter, der Gräfin Capulet, ihr erstes Ballkleid. Morgen wird sie ihren Verlobten, den Grafen Paris, zu erstenmal treffen. Nun muß sie von ihrer Kindheit Abschied nehmen. ? 3. Szene. Die Capulets geben ein großes Ballfest. Die Gäste erscheinen, unter ihnen Rosalinde. Romeo, der Sohn des Grafen Montague, und seine Freunde Benvolio und Mercutio folgen ihr ? verkleidet und maskiert ? zu der Gesellschaft. ? 4. Szene. Auf dem Ball trifft Julia den Grafen Paris und tanzt mit ihm. Sie sieht Romeo, und sie verliebt sich auf den ersten Blick, obwohl sie nur einige Augenblicke zusammen sind. Tybalt, ein Neffe der Gräfin Capulet, argwöhnt Romeos Identität und Versucht, eine Auseinandersetzung herbeizuführen, wird aber von Julias Vater daran gehindert. ? 5. Szene. Julia träumt auf dem Balkon von Romeo; da stiehlt sich der Geliebt in den Garten. Sie erklären sich ihre Liebe und versprechen ewige Treue.

2. Akt

1.Szene. Erntezeit, ein großer Karneval ist im Gang. Romeo hat wenig Lust zu dem Fest. Julias Amme bringt ihm einen Brief, in dem Julia ihn bittet, zu Pater Lorenzos Klause zu kommen.  2. Szene. Romeo und Julia werden von Pater Lorenzo getraut.  3. Szene. Der Karneval geht weiter, als Romeo von der Hochzeit zurückkehrt. Tybalt fordert ihn heraus, doch Romeo hält sich zurück. Aber Mercutio beginnt ein Duell mit Tybalt und wird von ihm hinterhältig getötet. Um Mercutio zu rächen, tötet Romeo Tybalt.

3. Akt1. Szene. Romeo und Julia waren die ganze Nacht zusammen. Nun, bei Sonnenaufgang, muß Romeo Verona verlassen. Graf und Gräfin Capulet stellen Graf Paris ihre Tochter vor. Julia weigert sich, ihn zu heiraten.2. Szene. In ihrer Not eilt Julia zu Pater Lorenzo. Er gibt ihr einen Schlaftrunk, der sie in Scheintod versetzen wird. Der Plan ist, daß sie in die Familiengruft gebracht wird und dort Romeo zu ihr kommen und mit ihr fliehen kann.3. Szene. Julia gibt vor, in die Heirat mit Graf Paris einzuwilligen; dann nimmt sie den Schlaftrunk. Man findet sie, scheinbar tot, an dem Tag, der ihr Hochzeitstag hätte werden sollen.4. Szene. Romeo hat von Pater Lorenzo nichts gehört. Als er erfährt, daß Julia tot sei, glaubt er die schreckliche Nachricht. Er eilt zur Gruft der Capulets, findet dort den trauernden Paris und tötet ihn. Dann stößt sich Romeo selbst den Dolch ins Herz und stirbt neben der aufgebahrten Geliebten. Julia erwacht und findet Romeo tot neben sich. Unfähig, das Leben ohne ihn zu ertragen, tötet sie sich, ihren Gatten umarmend.

 

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John Cranko was born on August 15, 1927 in Rustenburg, South Africa. He received his dance education mainly at the University of Cape Town, where he also choreographed his first ballet to Stravinsky’s Suite from The Soldier’s Tale. In 1946, he continued his studies at the Sadler’s Wells School in London and shortly afterwards became a member of the Sadler’s Wells Ballet (subsequently The Royal Ballet).

In 1947, Cranko made a sensational choreography to Debussy’s Children’s Corner for the Sadler’s Wells Ballet; from 1949 on he devoted himself exclusively to choreography, producing extremely successful ballets - mostly for the Sadler’s Wells Ballet. In 1955, he choreographed La Belle Hélène for the Paris Opera Ballet and in 1957 he created his first full-length ballett, The Prince of the Pagodas, for The Royal Ballet. In 1961, John Cranko was appointed ballet director in Stuttgart by Walter Erich Schaefer, the General Director of the Wuerttemberg State Theatre (today’s Stuttgart State Theater). At the beginning of his time in Stuttgart, Cranko created short ballets and gathered together a group of dancers, among whom were Egon Madsen, Richard Cragun, Birgit Keil and, most importantly, a young Brazilian dancer named Marcia Haydée who was to become his prime muse and inspiration.

The breakthrough for Cranko came in December 1962 with the world premiere of Romeo and Juliet, which was highly praised by critics and audience alike. In Stuttgart, Cranko created many small choreographic jewels such as Jeu de cartes and Opus I as well as his symphonic ballet Initials R.B.M.E. but it was with his dramatic story ballets such as Onegin, The Taming of the Shrew, Carmen, Poème de l’Extase and Traces that Cranko secured his place in the pantheon of great choreographers. In addition, he encouraged young dancers in his company - including Jiří Kylián and John Neumeier - to try their hand at choreography.

Cranko’s gift for nuanced story-telling, clear dramatic structure and his exquisite mastery of the art of the pas de deux conquered New York audiences during a triumphant season at the Metropolitan Opera in 1969. World-wide acclaim soon followed, as Cranko and his young company toured the globe.

John Cranko died unexpectedly at age 45 on June 26, 1973, on a return flight from a successful USA tour.

John Cranko was director of the Bavarian State Opera's ballet company between 1968 and 1970. In these years, he created "Begegnung in drei Farben", "Gesang der Nachtigall", "Triplum", "Französische Suite", "Une Fete Galante", "Orpheus" and "Ebony Concerto". Also, the company performed the masterly "Romeo and Juliet", "Onegin", and "The Taming of the Shrew" which are still part of the repertoire.

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