Romeo and Juliet

Premiére date10 Oct. 1992
Produced byThe Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Based onRomeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare; Romeo og Julie by Sergej Sergejevitsj Prokofjev
AudienceAdults, Youth
ExpressionsBallet
Running period10 Oct. 1992  

About Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet was a dance production by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, produced in 2011, and based on the play by William Shakespeare, with choreography by Michael Corder and music by Sergej Prokofiev.

Romeo and Juliet was broadcast by Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation September 23-25 1993.

Romeo and Juliet was transferred to the main stage of the new opera house in Bjørvika. Kristian Ruutu won Norwegian Critics' Award in the dance category in 2010/2011 for the role of Mercutio.

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    Excerpt from speech by Henning Høholt, held during the awards ceremony for Norwegian Critics' Award September 29 2011:

    "Kristian Ruutu's excellent interpretation of the role of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, which he gets the Norwegian Critics' Award for dance for, is superior. From my review in www.kulturkompasset.com May 17 2011 I quote: 'Kristian Ruutu, who in the demanding role of Mercutio makes one of the best interpretations of this role I have seen.'

    From Inger Margrethe Lunde's review in Aftenposten May 15 2011: 'Romeo, danced by Kaloyan Boyadjiev and his friends, Mercutio, danced by Kristian Ruutu and Benvolio, danced by Lucas Lima, give us many impressive scenes. We are infected by their comradeship and joy in life. In particular does Ruutu blossom. With this role he makes his definitive break-through. So strong, and at the same time light and playful. He must die for his friend. We believe in him too.'

    Allow me to add this too: Every time you perform onstage, not only do you dance your parts, you play your parts, and with your excellent talent for acting and your humorous glint in the eye you manage to convey this all the way to seat rows the very furthest from the stage, and that is why you are always the centre of the audience's attention, and that is why they love you.

    It is an honour to me, my privilege and my great joy, here today on behalf of Norwegian Critics' Association to give Norwegian Critics' Award for dance for the season 2010/2011 to Kristian Ruutu for his interpretation of the role of Mercutio in Michael Corder's and Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet."

    Read the speech in full (Norwegian only) here.

    SOURCES:

    Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 25.07.2016

    Norwegian Critics'Association, kritikerlaget.no, 29.09.2011, http://www.kritikerlaget.no/pages/nor/648-dansekritikerprisen_til_kristian_ruutu