This fall, I am delighted to be choreographing a production of Romeo and Juliet for City Opera Ballet in Bellevue, Washington. The work will premiere at the Theater at Meydenbauer Center on October 7th, 2016, and be accompanied by an all new score written by composer Jon Steinmeier.
In the meanwhile, I will be presenting a sneak preview from the ballet in COB's spring production of Opera+Ballet in the City, also at the Meydenbauer, on April 15th-16th, 2016. The evening will also include works by choreographers Jennifer Porter, Rachael Lincoln, and special selections from operas such as Puccini's La bohème, Verdi's La Traviata, and the ever entertaining "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" by Brindisi.
"Dreamers often Lie," the scene I will be presenting in April, stems from the inspirational Queen Mab speech by Mercutio in Act 1 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Queen Mab is described as the folkloric fairy and bringer of dreams.
The dance features a darker set of fairies that might have populated Juliet’s dream on the night before her intended wedding to Paris. Torn between familial duty and the dizzying passion of having just met her first love, Juliet is plagued by visions of her immanent wedding day, but also of ominous fate to come. Also included in the preview is a duet showing the lovers’ first charmed exchanges.
*Follow the process of Making Romeo and Juliet on this blog over here.