Carlos Acosta's new season introduces Edward Clug's Radio and Juliet, a modern reinvention of Romeo and Juliet, to Birmingham Royal Ballet's repertory. Like the original, it explores the conflict between the Capulets and Montagues. It focuses on Juliet's perspective; after waking from a death-like coma in Clug's ballet she chooses to live rather than kill herself. Danced to music by Radiohead, the song lyrics reinforce the fundamental elements of the love story, struggling with relationships, however, the music is more important to the story, as Edward Clug says, ‘There are moments when the story meets the lyrics, but that was not really the point. It’s the overall emotion they create in their music.’
For these performances, Birmingham Royal Ballet is excited to be joined by Rosie Kay Dance Company, performing their brand-new work, a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Rosie Kay’s Romeo + Juliet sets the action in the hot Birmingham summer of 2021. In this diverse city, young people’s family loyalties give way to gang allegiance as teenagers play with adult rules. A party in the park gets out of control sparking rumours, rioting and revenge. In the midst of rivalries, first tastes of freedom and sparks of a full-on first love ignite. Two young lovers are led to their tragic deaths by events they can’t control.
The 75-minute performance is set to Birmingham-based composer Annie Mahtani’s soundtrack which blends Berlioz’s classical Roméo et Juliette score with her original electro-acoustic composition. For these performances only, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia (under the baton of Martin Georgiev) join the Rosie Kay Dance Company to play the Berlioz score live, adding an additional and thrilling new dimension to the performance.
'its youthful urgency, energy and high emotion hit home.' The Guardian
2 hours, 35 minutes