City Ballet of San Diego will be closing its 19th season with the world premiere of Elizabeth Wistrich’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The tragic love story of “Romeo and Juliet” is known worldwide and continues to emotionally resonate with audiences regardless of the format it’s received. However, there is rarely an art form more beautiful than ballet and City Ballet of San Diego knows that combining the heartbreaking love story of “Romeo and Juliet” with the unimaginable beauty of ballet is a sight to behold.
Nearly everyone knows the story of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” a tale set in 16th century Verona about two young lovers torn apart by their families misguided hatred. With lavish ballroom scenes, thrilling sword fights, and a resonant pas de deux, Resident Choreographer Elizabeth Wistrich takes great pains to breathe life into the epic story that so many people hold in their hearts. Supporting the passionate dance of over fifty dancers is Sergei Profokeiv’s lush score, with John Nettles conducting, as well as gorgeous sets and costumes from Sacramento Ballet. Classic Renaissance Italy is evoked to help bring the story to life right in front of you, making it a production that you simply can’t miss.
Performed with a full orchestra, “Romeo and Juliet” will play at the Spreckels Theater in downtown San Diego for only three nights over Mother’s Day weekend (May 11 and 12 at 8 p.m., and May 13 at 2 p.m.), making it the absolute perfect gift to surprise your mother with. Tickets range from $29 to $59, depending on where in the theatre you would like to sit. There is also an option for the Saturday Night Champagne Reception and priority seating, which costs $79. This selection affords you the best Center Orchestra seats and an on-stage champagne and desert reception presented by City Ballet Allegro, only available Saturday, May 12. For anyone able to arrive a half hour early, there is also a free pre-performance lecture prior to all three performances that will allow one to gain a deeper appreciation for “Romeo and Juliet.”
With only three chances to catch City Ballet’s world premiere of Elizabeth Wistrich’s “Romeo and Juliet,” make sure not to miss this exciting opportunity and buy your tickets now. For more information call City Ballet’s box office at (858) 272 – 8663 or order online at cityballet.org.