Astana Ballet to premiere “Romeo and Juliet” play this week

The Astana Ballet Theatre has presented its own iteration of the world-famous love story of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, with music composed by renowned Sergei Prokofiev, has gained a new sound in the production of Vladimir Yakovlev, the Honored Artist of Russia and Tatarstan. The performance is known for reflecting eternal themes and depicting youthful impulsive behavior, which acquires a special dynamic and form in the production. The theatre’s representatives note that the troupe intensively worked on the premiere, striving to convey the intensity of emotions in the first forbidden love and the tragedy of the feuding families of Montague and Capulet through the language of choreography. According to Astana Ballet Artistic Director Nurlan Kanetov, the production touches on contemporary issues and promises to evolve into a grand theatrical event.

“This is a grand-scale show characterized by an abundance of mass scenes, beautiful settings and costumes. Almost all of our ballet artists have been preparing for this performance for a long time. They have mastered the art of handling rapiers with virtuosity, adding an extra layer of spectacle to the numerous combat scenes,” Kanetov shared.

“This is a very complex show, both in terms of dance and acting. The roles of Romeo and Juliet are very dramatic. Tybalt, Mercutio, and jesters are distinctive characters as well. Also, the show includes comedic scenes. We had to reveal all the actors and not just perform and make movements automatically but bring life to the stage and fully immerse ourselves in this performance,” Yakovlev noted.