“Romeo and Juliet” hits the Big Screen in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona International Film Festival
Big Screen Premiere of “Romeo and Juliet”

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona on Monday, August 27th, 2012 and love Shakespeare and the ballet, you will not want to miss the big screen premiere of “Romeo and Juliet” from The Royal Ballet in London. This special event presented by the Sedona International Film Festival will take place at 4:00 pm at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Shakespeare’s timeless story, when matched with Sergey Prokofiev’s brilliant score and Kenneth MacMillan’s signature choreography for The Royal Ballet, has become a 20th-century ballet classic.

Shakespeare’s story of the star-crossed young lovers is known to all: Two young people, Romeo and Juliet, from feuding noble families of Verona, meet, fall in love, and, after secretly marrying, tragically die within moments of each other.

Prokofiev’s score for “Romeo and Juliet” was completed in 1936 and performed with choreography by fellow Russian Ivo Vana-Psota. The passionate and heart-rending score inspired many subsequent choreographers.

Kenneth MacMillan was asked to choreograph it for The Royal Ballet in 1962. He produced one of his most famous and acclaimed works, now widely considered the definitive version of the ballet. MacMillan’s use of naturalistic acting and gesture — the explicit expression of adolescent passion between the two young lovers — was an innovation at the time.

Conductor and musician Russell Fox will briefly discuss ballet music and the work of Sergey Prokofiev prior to the start of the show. Well known to Sedona’s classical audience, Fox is one of the presenters of the pre-opera talks.

If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona we will be more than happy to shuttle you to and from the event in our free “About Town Sedona Shuttle“. Tickets are only $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 282-1177. Both the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 West Highway 89A, in West Sedona. For more information please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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