Set across three different eras, this production reinforces the notion that love – no matter what age you are, or what age you are in – is eternal and its power everlasting.
R&J turns the classic story of Romeo and Juliet on its head, cutting to the essence of what is real, human and inevitable. Love plays a major role in all our lives, but as Shakespeare knew too well, does not always guarantee a fairy tale ending.
With music composed by Topology’s John Babbage and originally performed live on stage by prolific music ensemble Topology, R&J tells three moving love stories across three short acts.
‘Weir’s choreography is by turns vulnerable, intense and passionate.’ – Arts Hub
‘The production reveals [Weir’s] vision to grow the company, and with it the audience for contemporary dance...’ – The Australian
‘R&J is love interrupted, love you can't live without and love you have to. This is Romeo and Juliet for our times.’ – The Courier Mail
“Natalie Weir, in my eyes, is a creative genius. Her choreography is an aesthetic treat. She doesn’t stoop to the level of the crowd-pleasing movements like leg mounts, and Russian jetes. The intertwining of the dancers, the lifts and the rolls; all so understated yet delicious for the eyes” - Bristix
“R&J is as impeccably choreographed and performed as any Australasian Dance Collective production and emotionally charged to boot.” – Time off
“A truly aesthetic beautiful performance, ‘R&J’ will be sure to pull the heart strings”. – Scene Magazine
Dates & Times
15 - 23rd July
Playhouse Theatre, QPAC
Return Season / 19 — 21 February, 2014 / Judith Wright Arts Centre
3 — 8 May, 2012 / Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre - Mt Gambier / Hopgood Theatre - Noarlunga Centre / Chaffey Theatre – Renmark
26 — 27 April, 2013 / The Royal, Hobart
30 April, 2013 / Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Burnie
2 May, 2013 / West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul
4 May, 2013 / The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool
7 May, 2013 / The Capital, Bendigo
11 May , 2013 / Mildura Arts Centre Theatre, Mildura
New South Wales
11 May, 2013 / Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, Wagga Wagga
14 May, 2013 / Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, Queanbeyan
16 — 18 May, 2013 / Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
21 — 22 May, 2013 / Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock
24 May, 2013 / Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie
27 May, 2013 / Capitol Theatre, Tamworth
29 May, 2013 / Dubbo Regional Theatre, Dubbo
30 May, 2013 / Orange Civic Theatre, Orange
2 May, 2012 / Redlands Performing Arts Centre
1 June, 2013 / Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton
4 June, 2013 / The Events Centre, Caloundra
6 June, 2013 / Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
8 June, 2013 / The Arts Theatre, The Arts Centre, Gold Coast
Recorded live by Topology (with guest pianist Marialy Pacheco)
Produced in partnership with QPAC.
We acknowledge the First Nations people as the Traditional Owners of Meanjin (Brisbane).
In the spirit of reconciliation Australasian Dance Collective acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their deep connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
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