Juliet & Romeo - Pyotr Tchaikovsky
The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera Stockholm. Premiere 24 may 2013
Choreographer: Mats Ek
Photo: Gert Weigelt


Full-length ballet by Mats Ek

Her and Him. They love each other. Why does everyone else think that their love is wrong?

A romantic story in a brutal environment. A struggle between the people and the power. A struggle between generations. Love, hate and jealousy. Who can win?

Romeo and Juliet becomes Juliet & Romeo when world renowned choreographer Mats Ek presents his full-length work to Tchaikovsky's music, with its first performance at the Royal Opera House on May 24

Why Juliet & Romeo?
- It's time to turn things around, says Mats Ek. Also, one of Shakespeare's originals was in fact named Juliet and Romeo. So you can say that we return to the story's source. We also signal that we will use the music of Tchaikovsky, not Prokofiev's. But the drama's bearing conflict with the young unprotected love versus the established violence, is still there - a tragedy in which love triumphs by going under.



Juliet and Romeo is Mats Ek's first major full-length works since Sleeping Beauty made ​​for the Hamburg Ballet in 1996.

Mats Ek has made ​​several new interpretations of classic ballets such as Swan Lake. For many years, he has been one of the most important names in the international dance world. The Royal Ballet has performed several of his short dance works, like Rättika to Brahms Violin Concerto.

Press Quotes
"A smash hit and a new classic" SvD

"Magnificent" SR Kulturnytt

"Lovely Juliet" Expressen

"Beautiful ... strong ... too sweet " Aftonbladet

"The dancers shimmer in Mats Ek's hands" DN