Hélène Blackburn, Artistic Director
Date: Thursday, October 26 at 7:30pm
Location: Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Symphonie Dramatique is a mordant look at the mythical couple of Romeo and Juliet.
Their adaptation geared to audiences 10 and up draws from William Shakespeare’s romantic masterpiece to evoke notions of seduction, desire, unchained passion, and death. In this highly contemporary version, eight of the company’s dancers present a vibrant homage to the original tale tinged with impetuousness and contagious energy. Conflict and inner turmoil are magnificently rendered by the dance and the music, achieving a unique resonance. Symphonie Dramatique also evokes a dialogue between Prokofiev, Tchaïkovski, Gounod and many others in the form of a soundtrack by composer and sampler Martin Tétreault, who puts a unique spin on the music inspired by this tragedy. A paean to the impossible and the battle that must be waged to fulfil one’s destiny, this powerful and sobre work sheds new light on the most famous love story of all time.