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About Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet are the archetypical tragic forbidden lovers. Their families, friends, gangs and conflicting religious beliefs, force them to conceal the love of their lives. The personal journeys of both Romeo and Juliet are integral to the tale as this is a love story within a clear social and political context where the collective identity of the group is considered more important than the individuals and the lovers are destined to lose.
This is a story that spans a tragedy borne out by many generations - parents, children and grandchildren. The narrative tells of a younger generation that suffers and even dies from the legacy left by the previous generation. Theirs is a tragedy that repeats endlessly, a continuous wheel of violence that flows from one generation to the next. In this story the conflict is between the Montagues and the Capulets, but it could as easily be between a Catholic and a Protestant, or a Muslim and a Jew. The recurring theme of divisions and conflicts, walls and wars is timeless.
Prokofiev's score is a musical interpretation of Shakespeare's play. The themes within Romeo and Juliet have the potential to be re-created in different eras.
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