National Ballet Theatre of Odessa Ukraine presentation of Romeo and Juliet (photo courtesy of Smart Museum of Art).
National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine to Present Romeo and Juliet at Paramount Theatre
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Prepare for a heavy dose of wonder and spectacle when the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine, presents one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, Romeo and Juliet, Sunday, January 26, at 3 p.m. at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.
Featuring 55 of Ukraine’s brightest and most talented ballet stars, this full-scale production is a one-time-only presentation and marks the company’s return to Chicago after delighting Paramount audiences last season with their enigmatic presentation of Swan Lake.
Perhaps the most passionate and romantic love story of our time, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev.
The Ballet of the Odessa National Opera is situated in the prestigious Opera Theater, where the greatest divas of Russian ballet have performed on stage, from Anna Pavlova to Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya. Since 2009, the ballet manager has been Yuri Vasyuchenko, an Honorary Artist of Russia and exclusive soloist for under the tutelage of Yuri Grigorovich. Since 2017, the artistic director of The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine is the People’s Artist of Ukraine Elena Baranovskaya.
Recognized as one of the most prestigious institutions of classical ballet in Russia, the Odessa company boasts an expansive repertoire. A part of the company's repertoire has always been the great masterpieces of classic ballet, from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, to Sylphide by Bournonville, Giselle by Adam, Don Quixote and La Bayadère by Minkus, to the various twentieth century ballets by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Falla and Shchedrin.
Choreography for Romeo and Juliet is by Michael Lavrovsky and production is by Gary Sevoyan.
Tickets to the Ballet of the Odessa National Opera presentation of Romeo and Juliet are $35-$65. For tickets and information, visit ParamountAurora.com.