Experience two short interpretations of one of the most well-known stories of all time. In addition to the gorgeous dancing on stage, actors from Indianapolis Shakespeare Company will perform short pre-show popup scenes from Romeo and Juliet in the lobby at Indiana Repertory Theatre.
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy
Choreographed by DK artistic director David Hochoy
In this version, three different couples swirl out of the ensemble to become Romeo and Juliet in different parts of the story — the romantic balcony scene, the passionate bedroom scene, and the final death scene in the tomb.
Style of Movement
Choreographer David Hochoy uses steps based in Martha Graham technique.
This piece uses classical music from Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy."
All the dancers wear identical neutral costumes, which adds to the feeling that this is a universal story that everyone plays a part in.
Sweet Sorrow (World Premiere)
Choreographed by DK associate artistic director Stuart Coleman
While Sweet Sorrow remains mostly true to Shakespeare's story, a few modern-day revisions will allow the story to resonate strongly with today's audiences. Company dancers Justin Rainey and Marie Kuhns will dance the roles of Romeo and Juliet.
Style of Movement
Choreographer Stuart Coleman has used movement that ranges from contemporary to Hop Hop. For example, the ball where Romeo and Juliet first meet looks and sounds like a late night dance club.
This piece has a playlist of music from numerous contemporary composers and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) artists.
NYC designer Erica Johnston has created costumes that have both masculine and feminine elements to reflect the blurred lines of gender identity. To further explore gender, the role of the Nurse has been cast with a male (Manuel Valdes), and Juliet's short-tempered first cousin Tybalt and Romeo's good friend Benvolio will be danced by women (Natalie Clevenger and Holly Harkins).