Romeo and Juliet
jeudi 21 février, 10h et 13h15
Durée : 1h40 (durée approximative)
P.A.F. : 6€
Texte intégral et fiche pédagogique
4e secondaire et +
by William Shakespeare
directed by Paul Stebbings
Director Paul Stebbings explores the depths of this tragedy and its central conflict between love and death, Eros and Thanatos.The setting is baroque Italy, the Verona and Venice of Casanova, Don Juan and Vivaldi.
“West Side Story” and Leonardo di Caprio’s recent gangster version cast long shadows on this delicate play. But this is not a play about poor urban street fighters, nor a play about racial conflict. The Capulets and Montagues are of the same caste and share the same values. Shakespeare is criticising their joint values, which are those of powerful families. This is, of course, the stuff of tragedy: when the mighty sin the state trembles. The Montagues and Capulets are two sides of the same coin.
The play is highly stylised, masked balls and ritual violence form set pieces. We will employ stylised choreography and once again commission a live musical score from a leading composer. While establishing a rich theatrical environment, we will also strive to maintain a shakespearian style that relies on the actor’s skills and audience’s imagination rather than complex settings and design. “Romeo and Juliet” is one of the most popular plays ever written, we aim to present it with its poetry and romance intact, while delivering a powerful, stylised drama.