Mark Morris Dance Group

Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare

"...the perfect high-art solution for our times." -The Phoenix, Boston

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris

Allen Moyer
scenic design

Martin Pakledinaz
costume design

James F. Ingalls
lighting design

"...wholly triumphant." -The New York Times

"There have been previous modern dance settings of R & J before the Morris version, but none have so resolutely retained the ballet's traditional setting, while animating it with a contemporary dance vocabulary." -Voice of Dance

"This modern-dance distillation of a ballet classic takes viewers back to the Prokofiev work’s earliest intentions, incorporating the happy ending first envisioned by the composer for his dance piece inspired by Shakespeare’s stage work. Morris’s company of individuals does him proud as it finds the wit and wisdom in what he’s devised to make this tale of woe fresh again." -Travel & Leisure

"There is no choreographer in the U.S. who can compete with the Seattle-born dance maker Mark Morris in his ability to put his deep humanist beliefs on stage in a highly legible way." -Inside Bay Area

"..."on Sergei Prokofiev's long-lost original score." -KQED RADIO NPR

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Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare premiered to sold out audiences on July 4, 2008, at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. In September 2008, the piece began a six-city worldwide tour conducted by Stefan Asbury.

September 25-28, 2008 - Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall; Berkeley, CA
November 5-8, 2008 - Barbican Centre; London, UK
March 13-14, 2009 - Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Tryon Festival Theatre; Urbana, IL
May 8-10, 2009 - Virginia Arts Festival, Chrysler Hall; Norfolk, VA
May 14-17, 2009 - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Rose Theater; New York, NY
February 25-27, 2011 - Harris Theater for Music and Dance; Chicago, IL

A Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College/Mark Morris Dance Group production in association with barbicanbite08, London; Cal Performances, Berkeley; Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millenium Park, Chicago; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Virginia Arts Festival; and The Shelby and Frederick Gans Fund.

Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare was funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New Engalnd Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by The Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation and MetLife Foundation.

Sergey Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare, Op.64, restored by Simon Morrison, is performed with exclusive permission of the Prokofiev Estate and G. Shermer Inc., the bearers of the rights to the music. Source materials used in this production are provided by the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art.

For more information on the discovery of the original Prokofiev score and more, please visit

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