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Romeo and Juliet on screen Sunday

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy Romeo and Juliet hits the cinema screen in high definition at the Palace Cineplex, this Easter Sunday at 11:30 am in a stellar performance by the celebrated Bolshoi Ballet company. Direct from the Moscow stage, this production of Romeo and Juliet features breath-taking choreography with the beloved score by composer Sergei Prokofiev.

Set in Verona, Romeo and Juliet tells the story of the Capulets and the Montagues and the fierce rivalry between two families which has wreaked violence and bloodshed on the city. When the Capulets throw a masquerade ball for their daughter Juliet, Romeo and his friend Mercutio make the bold decision to attend in disguise.

A masked Romeo is captivated by the stunning Juliet and the two fall hopelessly in love. But the revelation that their families are enemies soon plunges the relationship into danger and, with it, their love for each.

Principal dancers Alexander Volchkov and Anna Nikulina take top billing in a spectacular production from the Bolshoi Ballet, which has a vibrant score and masterful choreography.

The ballet was created by Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev in September 1935. As the composer of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, including Peter and the Wolf and Cinderella, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.

Romeo and Juliet is based on a synopsis by Adrian Piotrovsky and Sergey Radlov.Their creative process followed the tenets of 'drambalet' (dramatised ballet, officially promoted at the Kirov to replace works based primarily on choreographic display and innovation). However, the ballet's original happy ending (contrary to Shakespeare’s play) provoked controversy leading to the production’s indefinite postponement.

Suites of the ballet music were eventually heard in Moscow and the United States and the full ballet premiered in the Mahen Theatre, Brno (then in Czechoslovakia, now in the Czech Republic), in December 1938.

Romeo and Juliet was finally staged in Russia by the Kirov ballet, choreographed by Leonid Lavrovsky, in 1940. The ballet was an instant success and became recognised as the crowning achievement of Soviet dramatic ballet.

Romeo and Juliet will be shown at Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay, St James, on Sunday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m.

Audiences in Jamaica, along with the global community, have been enjoying performances during the Bolshoi Ballet’s 2014 - 15 season. The next and final scheduled performance will be Ivan the Terrible on
Sunday, May 24.

Tickets are on sale at participating cinema box offices and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card.