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|Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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"For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo" ~ William Shakespeare
Joëlle Bouvier’s creation evokes, the eternal story of the lovers from Verona, leaning on extracts from three suites for orchestra taken by Sergei Prokofiev himself from his ballet Romeo and Juliet. The performance begins with funeral ceremonies: Juliet, the young Capulet child, is dead. The following scenes allow you to understand how we got to that point. The town of Verona echoes the noise caused by the fratricidal fights between two opposing families: the Capulets and the Montagues. But, thanks to a ball, Romeo, a young Montague, falls in love with Juliet, and the two share tender vows under the young girl’s balcony. Some time later, Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, provokes Mercutio, a close friend of Romeo, and kills him in a duel. Mad with rage, Romeo, in his turn, kills Tybalt. He is condemned to exile. To reunite the two lovers, Friar Laurence proposes a solution to Juliet: she must take a powerful narcotic that will make her appear to be dead. Once she is taken to the family vault, she will wait for Romeo, who will come to meet her, so that they can escape together. Unfortunately, on the fateful night, Romeo enters the tomb of the Capulets without having been warned of the subterfuge. Persuaded that his Juliet is dead, he takes his life. When the girl wakes up, it is too late. She takes her life in her turn.
For Joëlle Bouvier, it is not the picturesque and historical aspect of the script of Prokofiev’s ballet that counts, but the universality of the fable — the reason why her performance does not put on stage a precise era. She has decided not to choreograph the entirety of the ballet by the Russian composer, in order to concentrate on the essential articulations of the drama. Throughout this performance, dance speaks directly to the heart and to the emotion of the spectator.
The history of ballet in Geneva dates back to the beginning of the 19th century and is intimately linked with the Grand Théâtre de Genève. In 1962, to honour its re-opening after a devastating fire, the Grand Théâtre created its own ballet company – Geneva Ballet – under the direction of choreographer Janine Charrat. From its beginnings, the company has been dedicated to illustrating the plurality of style in 20th century dance and has worked with many renowned artists such as George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin and William Forsythe.
In 2003, Philippe Cohen was appointed to head the company. He continued to seek out new choreographers to bring to Geneva, such as Andonis Foniadakis, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Gilles Jobin and Benjamin Millepied, giving them carte blanche for their productions. He also continued to enrich the repertoire with works by renowned choreographers such as Carolyn Carlson, Lucinda Childs, Jerome Robbins, Nacho Duato and Saburo Teshigawara. In 2009, Joëlle Bouvier created a contemporary version of the classical ballet Romeo and Juliet for the company, which was critically acclaimed in its US premiere at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2011.
General Director: Tobias Richter
Ballet Director: Philippe Cohen
Since the creation of her company L’Esquisse, in 1980, Joëlle Bouvier authored, together with Régis Obadia, fifteen choreographic works diffused around the world, co-directed four short movies, awarded in many festivals, and directed several music videos.
She was co-director of the National Choreographic Center of Le Havre, from 1986 to 1992, and of the National Center of Contemporary Dance of Angers, from 1993 to 2003. In 1998, she engaged in an effort of independent creation. Therefore, in 1999, she created Où en est la nuit at Angers, then Fureurs at the Montpellier Dance Festival, and the solo Dépêche-toi! at the Dance Festival of Marseille. In 2000, she made L’Oiseau-Loup for the young public, in Sartrouville, presented over a hundred times in France and abroad, and she created De l’Amour, co-produced by the National Theatre Les Gémeaux in Sceaux. From that date onwards, all of her creations were co-produced by Les Gémeaux, which had become the anchorage of her company, where she was invited to stay in residence from 2004 to 2008.
In 2003, she was invited by the National Choreographic Center – Ballet of Lorraine to create Jeanne d’Arc and, and in 2006, La Divine Comédie. With her company, she created, in 2004, Le Voyage d’Orphée, then the solo Face à Face in 2006, and lastly Ce que la nuit raconte au jour in 2008, on occasion of the Choreographic Meetings of Sceaux. In January 2013 , she created Dolls, within the Festival Suresnes Cités Danse. In the coming autumn, she will get back to her solo Dépeche-toi!
Bouvier was awarded the Dance Grand Prize of the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers and, in 2000, she was honored with the title of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Choreographer: Joëlle Bouvier
Music: Sergeï Prokofiev
Set: Rémi Nicolas and Jacqueline Bosson
Costume: Philippe Combeau and Joëlle Bouvier
Lighting: Rémi Nicolas
Tickets available from 10 May onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and recipients of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)
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Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323
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Running time of this performance is about 1 hour and 15 minutes without intermission
Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary
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|GR2, 8/F, Backstage, Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
The workshop is full. Thank you for your support.
Conducted in English
Participants with ballet training are welcome
Registration accepted from 10 May onwards
Limited quota, available on a first-come-first-served basis
Registration & Enquiries: 2268 7323
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|Pumpernickel, 4/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Speaker: Stella Lau
Ballet Lecturer of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Stella Lau will show you the uniqueness of the Geneva Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet. As the former Principal Dancer of Hong Kong Ballet, she will also share with you her own personal experience and challenges when playing the role of Juliet.
Conducted in Cantonese
Limited seats, first-come-first-served