Hong Kong Ballet Brings Romeo + Juliet with Local Touches
A Tempo this Saturday (12/31 at 7 pm) features a discussion with Hong Kong Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre about the company's production of Romeo + Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's story of star-crossed lovers, has such a universal theme that it has been adapted by many different art forms, such as ballet and film, and recast in a variety of.new eras and locales. One of the latest new productions sets the Prokofiev ballet in 1960s Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre sought out ways to bring elements of the city's history and culture into the plot, choreography and set design. A Tempo host Rachel Katz chats with him about his inspiration, and some of the ways he brought together Eastern and Western aspects into the companys's Rome + Juliet, which will have its U.S. premiere in New York next month.