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 fairytale 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:
ACT ONE: PASSION
“Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.”
An ominous story set in a pulsing nightspot of a modern city where passion and desire erupt in a dangerous and tragic love triangle.
ACT TWO: ROMANCE
“If that thy bent of love be honourable, thy purpose marriage, send me word to-morrow.”
Romance blossoms in this tale of young love and divided households. In an attempt to seal the lovers’ devotion to each other, a secret wedding is devised, however Fate hands them a devastating ending.
ACT THREE: DEVOTION
“Goodnight, goodnight! Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”
A couple set deep within 1950’s suburban bliss happily play out the daily routine of their life until they are interrupted by a heartbreaking inevitability.
CHOREOGRAPHER Natalie Weir
COMPOSER John Babbage
DESIGN Bruce McKinven
LIGHTING David Walters
DANCERS Expressions Dance Company
MUSIC recorded live by Topology (with guest pianist Marialy Pacheco).
Produced in partnership with QPAC.
‘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 EDC 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