Polunin Ink has announced that international ballet star Sergei Polunin will make his London debut as Romeo alongside world-renowned ballerina Alina Cojocaru in the UK premiere of award-winning dancer and choreographer Johan Kobborg‘s acclaimed new version of ROMEO & JULIET.
ROMEO & JULIET will play make its UK premiere in the unique and spectacular setting of London’s Royal Albert Hall for One Night Only on Tuesday 14 April 2020.
Kobborg’s version of the world’s greatest love story marries classical dance with a contemporary twist to create a dynamic, vibrant and modern re-telling of this ageless drama of all-consuming love, passion, ecstasy and heartbreak. Set to Prokofiev’s powerful, exquisite score, and with a striking stage set design by Canadian-based sculptor David Umemoto, the story follows the narrative of Shakespeare’s play with the classical ballet vocabulary as its core language.
Critics and audience alike were wowed at the sensational world premiere of the ballet in the Arena di Verona, Italy last summer.
JOHAN KOBBORG says:
“I am more than excited to showcase this production of Romeo and Juliet here in London at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. Creating this production for the Arena di Verona last summer proved a most magical time for me, the culmination of weeks of discovery and joy, of working and creating with an absolute dream cast. Working with phenomenal artists Alina Cojocaru and Sergei Polunin at the very height of their powers is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the kind of momentous experience we as artists often only dream will come along. I also feel fortunate to be able to work alongside David Umemoto, an artist whom I have admired from afar for a long while. To see one of his creations come alive has been a spectacle to treasure. Collaborating with this group of incredible artists, bringing this pivotal love story to life in this, like the original production, one act version, will be a unique occasion for all involved, and I hope a ballet spectacle that will move, touch, and if needed, remind the audience of the incredible strength and beauty of the ballet art form.”