• Romeo and Juliet


    Romeo & Juliet

    December 5-14, 2014

Romeo and Juliet

Choreographed by Nicolas Petrov
Music by Sergei Prokofiev

Friday, December 5 - Sunday, December 14, 2014
Rockwell Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse

Written for the Kirov Ballet more than 70 years ago, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet is considered one of the most beautiful pieces of music of the 20th century and is as timeless as Shakespeare’s play. One of the greatest compositions created for the ballet stage, Prokofiev’s sublime work captures the spirit and essence of literature’s most popular romantic tragedy.

Petrov first choreographed Romeo and Juliet for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in October 1971 at Heinz Hall. It was the first American production of Prokofiev's work. Petrov concludes his tenure at Point Park with another memorable production of Prokofiev’s famous ballet.

image descriptionNicolas Petrov

An internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and artistic director with more than 50 years of experience, Nicolas Petrov has choreographed more than 100 ballets, eight of which are full-length productions. He has performed with Belgrade’s Opera Ballet, Ballet de France, Theatre D’Art du Ballet, and Massine. He toured the world and worked with such notable artists as Olga Preobrajenska, Leonide Massine, Milorad Miskovitch, Duska Sifnios, Paolo Bortoluzzi and Carla Fracci, among others. He formed his own dance company, Ballet Petrov, which performed with great success in Paris, Vienna, Bolen, Lyon, Lisbon and Brussels. In 1967, Petrov came to Pittsburgh and took over the direction and development of the Pittsburgh Playhouse Ballet Department and subsequently launched the dance program at Point Park College (now Point Park University). Petrov simultaneously launched the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, which he directed from 1969-1977, and brought to the city some of the world’s finest dancers and choreographers, including Natalia Makarova, Violette Verdy, Edward Villella, Peter Schaufuss, Leonide Massine, Ruth Page and John Butler.

Petrov choreographed the American premieres of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and The Prince of Pagodas, and the world premieres of Maria Sabina, Steel Symphony and Americana R.F.D. He also served as the permanent choreographer for the Pittsburgh Opera (1968-1985), director of the Dance Division of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at Point Park (1974-1986), and founded the American Dance Ensemble of Point Park University. He imported some of the greatest teachers in the world including Marina Stavitskaya, Asaf Messerer, Jean Guelis, Vassili Sulich, Mikhail Korogodsky, Gabriella Komleva, and Lillia Sharapova. In 1983, he revived Ballet Petrov as a concert group, consisting of guest dancers and Point Park faculty, to supplement the American Dance Ensemble. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Dance from UCLA. His name has become almost legendary in the dance world and he frequently guest teaches for many dance schools, conventions and colleges throughout the country and overseas.

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