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Frederick Ashton's Ballet "Romeo and Juliet" by Peter Schaufuss, Denmark

Thursday 19th May 2011

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

This event was part of the 2011 Festival Programme.

Tickets will be available on the door on the night. Balcony is now on sale too.

Scroll down to see beautiful video of the stunning production.

Danish dance legend Peter Schaufuss is steeped in tradition.  Trained in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the hallowed Bournonville tradition, Peter’s unique virtuoso gifts and magnetic stage presence turned him into a global ballet superstar. Today Schaufuss, director and choreographer, is pushing the boundaries of his chosen art form, presenting to the world the wonder of classical ballet but with a modern twist.   

Romeo & Juliet is the world’s favourite love story and British dance maker Sir Frederick Ashton created one of the most revered danced versions in 1955.  His original creation was for the Royal Danish Ballet and his original Juliet was the mother of Peter Schaufuss.    On his death in 1988 Ashton bequeathed the work to Peter Schaufuss. Ashton’s genius distils the essence of Shakespeare’s tale of devotion and death in medieval Verona: Schaufuss adds a fresh dimension to the star crossed lovers by recreating the work in 2010, faithful to the choreography and with 21st century staging.

“I knew Sir Fred very well,” recalls Schaufuss of the great artist who co-founded Britain’s Royal Ballet.  “He was, above all, a man of the moment and though I am ever mindful of my great responsibilities as appointed guardian of his masterpiece, Sir Fred would be deeply intrigued by a flash of 21st century attitude on a work created fifty five years ago.”

Megumi Oki (Juliet) trained at Emikolkemoto Ballet School and Noboru Miyagi Ballet Studio in Japan, and at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart, Germany.   From 2001 – 2006 she danced with Seachsische Staatsoper Dresden and Ballett Dresden.   Oki joined Peter Schafuss Ballet in 2006, and has performed in Midnight Express and Hamlet, soloist roles in The Man Who Wished for a Sea View and Satisfaction, as well as dancing the role of Judy Garland in Language of Love.

Stefan Wise (Romeo) trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and has danced in many productions with Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet.  In 2000 he joined English National Ballet and in 2003 he joined  the K Ballet in Japan.   In 2003 Stefan joined Peter Schaufuss Ballet and has since participated in all the company’s performances.   He danced the roles of Frustration in The King;  Lord Mountbatten in Charles – The Prince;  Jimmy in Midnight Express;  and the title role in Hamlet. 

Running time 1.Act 45 min. Pause 20 min. 2.Act 55 min.