Posted in Dances Patrelle, Franis Patrelle, Romeo and Juliet, set to Prokofiev, Shakespeare, The Yorkville Nutcracker

Looking forward; dP dances R&J

To be young and in love against the wishes of family and friends is a timeless and eminently romantic tale. Long before William Shakespeare turned Juliet and Romeo into household names, stories of the star-crossed pair were lore. 

Photo by Eduardo Patino.

In celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and for its 25th anniversary, Dances Patrelle (dP) performs “Romeo & Juliet,” featuring Francis Patrelle’s choreography, based on Shakespeare’s play and Prokofiev’s score. 

Each year, dP presents two seasons in New York City– the holiday production of FP’s “The Yorkville Nutcracker,” and a spring repertory season featuring world premieres and favorites from FP’s body of danceworks. For this year’s offering, dP will be at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse from September 11-14. 

The roles of Romeo and Juliet will be played by Alexander Castillo, a Bayside, NY native, who at 13 performed in Patrelle’s “The Yorkville Nutcracker,” now dancing on the West Coast, and Chloé Sherman, also originally a New Yorker featured in the “The Yorkville Nutcracker,” as a student, who is now in the Los Angeles Ballet company.   FP has wrought a wide range of styles in his repertory, from the strictly classical to the contemporary with stops at the American Songbook along the way, always finding the drama in the dance. His “Romeo & Juliet” celebrates the soulful tragedy in the best classicist form.

In 2013, dP was named the resident ballet company of the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, NY. 

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