The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Tudor’s interpretation of the ill-fated love story by William Shakespeare remains the only ballet version of Romeo and Juliet presented in one act. One of the most shocking memories of Romeo and Juliet is the fact that Tudor could not finish this forty-five minute epic by the date of the premiere. A finished version was presented four days after the premiere. Of note is the story of how the costumes and sets were designed: "I originally wanted sets and costumes by Salvador Dali because I had conceived the décor in terms of Fra Angelico and Dali handles those notions very well. However Dali’s ideas did not harmonize with mine," Tudor stated. Eugene Berman eventually was brought on and he designed the scenery and costumes by drawing inspiration from Renaissance paintings, notably by Botticelli. The designs were a success with both the audience and critics.

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet


Title of the music: A Walk to Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo and Juliet; Eventyr, Over the Hills and Far Away; Brigg Fair; Prelude to Irmelin, orchestrated by Antal Dorati

Composer: Frederick Delius

Running time: N/A

Number of dancers: Large Cast


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