Grand Rapids Ballet is set to move us to tears with Shakespeare's tragic tale of doomed lovers, for whom till death do us part takes on a literal meaning. Presenting the world premiere of James Sofranko's stunning choreography set to Prokofiev's mesmerizing score, the company's Romeo and Juliet is a compelling and sumptuous experience not to be missed!
What is the story?
In 16th Century Verona, there are heated tensions between sworn enemies Montagues and Capulets. Their vicious hatred of one another is famed throughout the city, as is their often fatal swordplay. Romeo, the youngest of the Montague clan, is depressed after falling for a girl who spurned his advances, persuaded by cousin Tybalt, he sneaks into a Capulet ball in the hopes of finding her, that is, until he sees Juliet and falls deeply and immediately in love.
So begins a tale that has gone on to become our greatest, tragic story of young love doomed from the start.