Ballet in two acts loosely based on the tragedy of William Shakespeare.
Back in a redesign designed by Fabrizio Monteverde himself, the famous title of Ballet of Rome „Giulietta e Romeo“; a creation that faithfully follows the text of Shakespeare and the famous score of Prokovief, and that still manages to be, according to the criticisms of the time, extraordinarily and wonderfully „dry“. Precisely this is the most suitable adjective for Monteverde’s vocation to investigate even the largest and most boundless stories and emotions to the core essence and essentiality.
The Monteverde affair moves from the Verona fair to an Italian Mediterranean country – which also embodies any South – between traditions, furious and inexorable laws, feelings of hatred and sublime love, divided between beauty and ferocity. To exasperate even more the emotions of the characters, even the time in which they move: no longer a playful and exotic Middle Ages like the Shakespearean one, no longer a romantic middle age like the nineteenth-century, but the second post-war period of the twentieth century, with all its tensions between traditionalism and drive to rebuild and renew.
The decrepit wall, accumulation of rubble, indicates the tragedy left behind: a world conflict that has erased forever the „age of innocence“, overturning moral patterns and conventions and annihilating energy and emotions. But it is also a background that marks, like a watershed, the desire to be reborn of absolute passions and savor every moment of life until the last breath. And the desire to be reborn is the fundamental trait of the character of the main character of the ballet, already emphasized in the „overturned“ title: Giulietta is a young woman who, while living in a country that follows a conservative thought, demonstrates a vocation to rebellion, which will find it bitterly useless. Giulietta, an independent and daring spirit, makes Romeo fall in love and overwhelms him with his unconventionality. Romeo who, shy and introverted, curious of love, is overwhelmed by the vitality of the lover. Alongside them, however, there are also two characters that are little treated in the tradition, who move the threads of tragedy here: mothers. Conservatives, different yet so similar, will move, in the shadows like two Fates, the plot to the inevitable final.
Location: Teatro Vittoria, Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 10, Rome
Date: 9 to 14 April 2019
Cost: Starting at 14 Euros
Teatro Vittoria, Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice, 10, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, ItalyPrice