You could be forgiven for saying this is a love story you know well and perhaps would give this a miss, but in as much as a lot of Shakespeare's works are known to us, the versions and the adaptations are countless and often exciting and enticing. I think that Romeo and Juliet from the Queensland Ballet is going to be one such performance.
For one, it has a number of critically acclaimed guest dancers coming to participate and for that reason alone the chance to see these world class dancers performing here is unique.
As the site states, "Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo & Juliet is a magnificent and grand production, but the very human story at its heart is told with extraordinary intimacy. Whether in a lethal marketplace brawl or the blissful balcony pas de deux, the realistic and daring choreography resounds with raw emotional truth."
It is a full 450 years since the birth of Shakespeare but a mere 50 years since the creation of this ballet. I suspect that there will be many more adaptations and revivals of Romeo and Juliet in the years to come but I think this is one which should not be missed.
Apart from Fidel Castro it might not be an exaggeration to say that Carlos Acosta is Cuba's most famous person. He has danced with many dance companies, including English National Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Houston Ballet and American Ballet. I am particularly excited to see him perform here as he is one of the most celebrated dancers of our time.
Australian-born, Steven McRae was appointed a Principal at The Royal Ballet in 2009 and has worked with many choreographers. Steven has been a guest artist at American Ballet Theatre, The Bolshoi Ballet and The Australian Ballet, and performed around the world.
Romeo and Juliet opens on June the 27th and it will run until July the 5th at the Queensland Ballet.
The guest stars are performing on various nights so to find out more information and to book tickets go to the Queensland Ballet website.