Star-Crossed Lovers

Experience two short interpretations of one of the most well-known stories of all time. In addition to the gorgeous dancing on stage, actors from Indianapolis Shakespeare Company will perform the prologue from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. 

Performance Dates/Times
Thursday, January 6, 7pm
Friday, January 7, 8pm
Saturday, January 8, 2:30pm*
Sunday, January 9, 2:30pm

*Note: On Saturday, January 8, we have moved our performance to 2:30pm due to the recently announced free rock concerts that will happen that evening on The Circle. We want to create positive experiences for you, and we thought avoiding the increased traffic and number of pedestrians would be helpful.

Act I
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy 
Choreographed by DK artistic director David Hochoy 

In this version, three different couples swirl out of the ensemble to become Romeo and Juliet in different parts of the story — the romantic balcony scene, the passionate bedroom scene, and the final death scene in the tomb. 
Style of Movement
Choreographer David Hochoy uses steps based in Martha Graham technique. 
Music
This piece uses classical music from Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Fantasy." Listen here.
Costumes
All the dancers wear identical neutral costumes, which adds to the feeling that this is a universal story that everyone plays a part in. 

Act II
Sweet Sorrow (World Premiere)
Choreographed by DK associate artistic director Stuart Coleman
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While Sweet Sorrow remains mostly true to Shakespeare's story, a few modern-day revisions will allow the story to resonate strongly with today's audiences. Company dancers Justin Rainey and Marie Kuhns will dance the roles of Romeo and Juliet.
Style of Movement
Choreographer Stuart Coleman has used movement that ranges from contemporary to Hip Hop. For example, the ball where Romeo and Juliet first meet looks and sounds like a late night dance club. 
Music
This piece has a playlist of music from numerous contemporary composers and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) artists.  Listen to a sample.    
Gender Identity 
NYC designer Erica Johnston has created costumes that have both masculine and feminine elements to reflect the blurred lines of gender identity. To further explore gender, the role of the Nurse has been cast with a male (Manuel Valdes), and Juliet's short-tempered first cousin Tybalt and Romeo's good friend Benvolio will be danced by women (Natalie Clevenger and Holly Harkins). 

For patrons who would like to learn more about gender identity issues, GenderNexus will have a staffed information table in the lobby. GenderNexus is a nonprofit that empowers gender-diverse people and their loved-ones to lead healthy, authentic, and joyful lives.. 

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