Rediscovering Romeo & Juliet through universal love

Benjamin Millepied and L.A. Dance Projects bring a twist to 'Romeo & Juliet', giving it cinematic elements and same-sex couples.
Benjamin Millepied's 'Romeo & Juliet' with female-female, male-male, and female-male couples. Photo: Josh Rose. Two female performers balance with holding hands with each other. They appear to be on a tall platform outdoors, overlooking a city scape and blue sky.

Sydney Opera House is set to host the Australian debut of French dancer and composer, Benjamin Millepied’s reimagined Shakespearean classic, Romeo & Juliet Suite.

Building upon Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet version of the tale, Millepied further combines the conventions of cinema, dance and theatre in this production, presented by his ensemble, L.A. Dance Project. Romeo & Juliet incorporates a cinematic livestream for audiences as the film crew follows dancers, both onstage and off into unexpected spaces at the Opera House.

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