Romeo and Juliet ballet at Coronado Theatre

The world’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet, will be performed by the Russian National Ballet Theatre of Moscow and the Sofia Symphony at the historic Coronado Theatre in downtown Rockford, 314 N. Main St., at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24. The concert is presented by the Rockford Coronado Concert Association.

Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s score, the tragic love story of young Romeo and his Juliet is based on William Shakespeare’s classic tale. The original choreography was by Leonid Lavrovsky, considered to be one of the most well-known creators of this ballet, along with Sir Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko. The Russian National Ballet Theatre of Moscow will perform the revised version by Mikhail Lavrovsky, Vladimir Moiseev and Evgeny Amosov.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre (RNBT) company was founded in 1999 with the help and support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. It is led by General Director Vladimir Moiseev and Artistic Director Evgeny Amosov. The company’s repertoire includes classical performances and modern ballets. Its corps de ballet numbers 55 dancers. The main soloists range from age 17 to 25. Many of them have already won international recognition, and are winners of prestigious competitions.

Before joining the company, most of the artists already had the experience of working with leading ballet companies in the major cities of Russia. They have mastered equally well the art of classical, character, modern dance and even light jazz, but it is the classical dance that is the cornerstone of the theater. The RNBT has toured Europe, the Far East, Australia and the U.S. with great success, and performs regularly in their home city of Moscow. They are accompanied by the 47-member Sofia Symphony Orchestra.

The Rockford Coronado Concert Association has nearly 2,000 subscribers from northern Illinois. It is governed by a local volunteer board of directors and has served the community since 1936. The 2006-2007 season is the organization’s 71st. Info: (815) 968-9863.

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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