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The Romeo (new)

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With his new creation The Romeo, Trajal Harrell wants to create a “what if”, a historical speculation, summed up in a dance style. No one is certain where the dance style originated or who first danced it. It has been around for as long as anyone can remember. It is passed down from generation to generation and through the future. It is through remembering that the dance unearths.

Premiere
01 April 2023
Schauspielhaus Zürich

Picture a dance. Let’s call it The Romeo, after Shakespeare’s young lover who, in ignited enthusiasm, believed he could conquer death. Picture this dance, which would be known all over the world, although no one would know when and where it was created. Some would say that it was first danced many centuries ago while herding sheep in an alpine pasture; others might claim to have seen it for the first time at a rural funeral; perhaps it was created during a break in a mine shaft or after an errant shot during a hunt on the North American steppes; or maybe the daughter of a Japanese fisherman danced The Romeo for the first time when her father had reached the safe shore again after a violent storm. No matter where The Romeo might have originated: Picture the dance that people of all origins, genders and generations, of all tempers and moods, perform when they have left their tragedies behind and are just dancing. Trajal Harrell will now bring it on stage. And maybe that’s where the story really begins.

Staging, Choreography, Stage design, Costumes: Trajal Harrell
Light: Stéfane Perraud
Production: Schauspielhaus Zürich with the Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble
Co-production: La Villette Paris, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Holland Festival Amsterdam, La Comédie de Clermont, TANDEM Scène national Arras, Singapore International Arts Festival
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS and Schauspielhaus Zürich collaborate on the diffusion of The Romeo

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
01.04.2023The Romeo  (Premiere)Zurich (ch)Schauspielhaus Zürich