MIL-OSI Russian Federation: “Romeo and Juliet” with a happy ending: in the Museum of S.S. Prokofiev opens a new exhibition

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It is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the premiere of the ballet on the tragedy of Shakespeare.

Russian National Museum of Music invites to the exhibition “Rewrite Shakespeare. Prokofiev’s version ”, which opens at its branch, the SS Museum. Prokofiev. It is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the premiere of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. Guests will learn how the composer created the famous work.

“At the exhibition we ask ourselves the question:“ Is it possible to rewrite Shakespeare? If so, how to do it? ”The choice of the central idea was mainly due to Prokofiev’s unwillingness to“ kill ”young lovers, which was reflected in the first version of the ballet – it was a love story with a happy ending,” said the museum’s general director Mikhail Bryzgalov.

The fate of the first production was not easy. At first, the Leningrad State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after S.M. Kirov (now Mariinsky Theater), then the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. The fact was that the directors declared the ballet “non-dancing”.

The first city in which they showed “Romeo and Juliet” was Brno. The premiere was held in 1938 on the stage of the National Theater – however, the production was presented in abbreviated form. After that, choreographer and choreographer Leonid Lavrovsky decided to show a performance in the USSR (in 1940).

The exhibition will run until January 27.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should not be perfect.

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