What is Shakespeare's most tragic play

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous plays of Shakespeare, probably also his most tragic love story and has been staged thousands of times as a ballet.

Between exorcism and eroticism

But now Erna Ómarsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir are doing it completely differently in the Gärtnerplatztheater. Although they revive the famous music of Sergei Prokofjew, they couple this classical element with new, sometimes shocking, sometimes surprising.

Deviations from Shakespeare

They do not stick to the original story in their staging. Originally, in their opinion, the original was much rougher, more erotic, but also much more pubescent than the well-known form of the romantic story represents. That makes perfect sense when you consider that Julia was actually only 14 years old. The otherwise stuck gender roles also do not play a major role in the new interpretation. The dancers are all Romeo, but also all Juliet and sometimes they are all the nurses. There are also occasional same-sex couples, there is a constant shift in roles. Unfortunately, the viewer finds it difficult to follow this constant change, and it is also incredibly difficult to relate to the original piece. Nevertheless, the idea of ​​shifting roles comes across as the dancers communicate this at the beginning.

Blood, sweat and screams

Little remains of the otherwise perfect ballet in this production. The dancers sweat, scream, tremble. The age limit of 17 years is quite appropriate in some places. Shocking props such as severed hands are often used, and sometimes the viewer finds himself caught between confusion and amusement at the extreme performance.

Not a recommendation for classical music lovers

Those who love the classic piece can definitely reach their limits in this reinterpretation. Even those who go into the piece with an open attitude are a little overwhelmed in places. The idea of ​​staging with a changed image of women and rotating roles sounds very exciting, but unfortunately you can often not follow the plot very well - although you know the story.

"Romeo and Juliet" runs until February in the Gärtnerplatztheater Munich.

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