Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Photo by Duane Rieder.

Benedum Center
April 21, 22, 23
Various times

We all know how the story goes: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl become love-sick. Boy and girl’s families feud. Boy and girl fall victim to a fatally tragic love story. Well, at least according to iconic playwright William Shakespeare. Fans of the Bard and classical ballet alike shouldn’t miss this chance to experience Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, in entirely new ways.

For its sweeping season finale, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is presenting the North American premiere of Derek Deane’s Romeo and Juliet. Audiences will be the first in North America to see the version that the British dancer and choreographer worked for the traditional proscenium stage.

The opulent production showcases costumes and sets by Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno, and new lighting by Michael Korsch. Evoking the decadent aesthetic of Renaissance Verona, the ballet features moonlit balcony scenes, eerie crypts, somber processions of candle-bearing monks and more.

A centerpiece is the production’s soaring music by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev—one of the 20th century’s most significant ballet scores and acclaimed for its richness and intensity.

Ballet lovers will be captivated by the theatrical story of star-crossed lovers via frenzied sword-fighting sequences, expressive and technical choreography, and raw emotions.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.