Dance Prism Premieres Original Treatment of Romeo and Juliet

PROVIDENCE, RI: Dance Prism will premier its original treatment of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s most romantic love story, with performances at the Collins Center in Andover on April 22 at 1:00 pm, at the Curtis Theater in Sudbury on April 29 at 7:00 pm, and at the Performing Arts Center in Littleton on April 30 at 1:00 pm. The passionate tale of lovers trapped in the conflicts of a divided society has enthralled audiences for more than four centuries, its issues still resonant in the contemporary world.

This new production is choreographed by Miranda Bailey, former soloist and current Ballet Mistress of Columbia City Ballet, and Dance Prism Artistic Director Mary Demaso. Transposing the narrative of Romeo & Juliet to ballet is very instinctive, according to Demaso, as the lyricism of the young lovers’ poetry so readily inspires movement. Shakespeare’s scenario also allows the rapture of the lovers, danced by Bailey and Matt Tucker, to be complemented by exuberant market scenes reflecting the multiple layers — and ancient antagonisms — of Verona’s society, as well as the flashing swordplay (set for this production by dancer and stage combat specialist Terry Blogg) that swiftly ends in pointless death. The company’s choice of Romeo & Juliet for this season’s presentation seems especially appropriate, Demaso suggests, the catastrophic tribal antipathy of the Montagues and the Capulets finding all too ready echos in the divisiveness of our. current landscape.

All performances of Romeo & Juliet will be followed by a complimentary Renaissance themed reception at which audience members can meet the principal dancers. Additionally, because Romeo & Juliet is such a significant part of many schools’ curricula, Dance Prism will offer all students, regardless of age, admission at the lower child/senior rate. Tickets for Romeo & Juliet are priced at $20 for children, students, and seniors, $26 for adults; generous group discounts are available. Special pre-performance programs may be arranged in advance for youth groups and other organizations. Seating is reserved; handicapped seating is available and easily accessible. Parking is free at all locations. For all performances, tickets are available online at www.danceprism.com or at 978-371-1038.