Romeo and Juliet Final Dress Rehearsals
John Cranko’s epic version of Shakespeare’s most heart-rending love story
returns to The Australian Ballet.
4 November // 1pm + 7pm
Sydney Opera House
Tickets will be on sale later in the year. In the mean time, please register below if you are interested in attending the dress rehearsal to ensure your spot on the waitlist.
Register your interest in attending the Romeo and Juliet Dress Rehearsal
Further details will be provided closer to the event.
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The pageantry of Verona, the clash of murderous hate and passionate love.
An artist who effortlessly fused dance and drama, John Cranko richly evokes the grandeur of the Capulets’ ball, the fierce clashes of the rival families and the brief, luminous flare of young love. His Romeo and Juliet premiered in 1962, the year The Australian Ballet was founded, and generations of dancers have grown up with the production and gone on to shine in its many dream roles.
Despite meddling from Stalin’s officials and an initial rebellion from the Bolshoi Ballet’s dancers (who pronounced the music ‘undanceable’), Prokofiev’s score has proven itself as immortal as Shakespeare’s play. As clearly as words could, the music lays out the progress of the story, evoking swordplay, ecstasy, murder and the looming approach of the lovers’ fate.
Jürgen Rose’s dramatically resonant design captures the pageantry of medieval Verona, contrasting the heavy splendour of the aristocratic elder generation with the billowing fabrics of the young lovers’ carefree abandon.
Choreography John Cranko
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Staged by Reid Anderson
Costume and set design Jürgen Rose
Lighting design Jon Buswell
With Orchestra Victoria and Opera Australia Orchestra
SAFETY WITH THE FRIENDS
The Friends are working hard to make you feel confident returning to the Ballet in 2021!
To help you feel secure when booking tickets and attending events, we are offering:
- Account credits if you are sick and unable to attend Dress Rehearsal performances.
- If a performance is cancelled, your choice of a refund, credit, or donation will be processed within 21 days of request.
Terms and Conditions apply as outlined in The Friends COVID Ticketing Policy.
ABOUT DRESS REHEARSALS
The Friends of The Australian Ballet are fortunate to invite our members and guests to attend the dress rehearsal for The Australian Ballet’s Sydney season of Romeo and Juliet.
Join us for this exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes as The Australian Ballet fine-tunes a production to performance standard.
What is a Dress Rehearsal?
A Dress Rehearsal provides a small window into the world of creating a performance and gives an impression of the final production. It is part of the creative process of getting an event ready for a season and may be stopped at any time by a member of the Creative Team. The Artistic Director or other members of the Creative Team may interrupt the rehearsal to speak to dancers or musicians, and some part of the performance may be repeated. You will experience first-hand the meticulous standards of all performers.
The Creative Team may, at their discretion, determine a Dress Rehearsal is no longer open to the public and we may be asked to leave the auditorium. As such, there is no guarantee that a full performance will be seen during a Dress Rehearsal.
The exact timing of the Dress Rehearsal is subject to change depending on the requirements of the Creative Team.
Can I applaud?
An attentive audience can applaud at appropriate moments.
If the rehearsal is stopped by members of the Creative Team, please remain quiet so that performers are not distracted and can receive clear instruction from the team.
Please remain quiet throughout the rehearsal, including the period used by Creative time to go over sections of music, dance, lighting, scene changes or other aspects of the production which need adjustment.
Where will I sit and when can I leave?
The Australian Ballet makes limited seats available to certain groups. The Friends allocation typically begins at Row N of the Stalls.
Similar rules for general performances apply to a dress rehearsal. The use of mobile pones is prohibited during the Dress Rehearsal – including photography, flashlights and other functionality. All devices should be switched completely off.
You must remain seated until give the signal to leave by either the Stage Manager or the Artistic Director. At no time should you leave the auditorium until the house lights have been switched on.
Latecomers will not be admitted until a break in the program. If you must leave early, leave at interval.