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ROMEO & JULIET (article first published : 2000-10-12)

Durban's Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company presents an all-new production of the world's greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet, which begins a nationwide tour in October.

The ageless legend of thwarted love and young untapped passion which has enchanted young and old alike for more than 500 years is told in this upbeat production through a mix of classical and contemporary dance choreographed to Prokofiev's evocative score by FFFDC artistic director Mark Hawkins and resident choreographer David Gouldie.

Romeo and Juliet is directed by award-winning and innovative theatre director and actor Robert Whitehead and designed by internationally-acclaimed Sarah Roberts who have both collaborated with the choreographers to fuse a variety of dance styles and theatrical designs to create a timeless piece of dance theatre which promises to inspire and bewitch.

The role of the young lovers will be performed by Mary-Ann de Wet and Nicole McCreedy who alternate as Juliet. Robin van Wyk, who appears by kind permission of Cape Town City Ballet, and former Playhouse Dance Company member Ebrahim Medell share the role of Romeo.

Award-winning Durban fashion designers Colleen Eitzen and Amanda Laird-Cherry of the Durban Designer Emporium have created the costume designs for the Capulets and Montagues respectively. Lighting design is by the innovative Michael Broderick and Durban-based Donald Jolley, a first dan black belt TaeKwando instructor, promises some breath-taking fight sequences

Romeo and Juliet kicks off its national tour in Pietermaritzburg at the Winston Churchill Theatre on October 13 and 14: Book at Computicket.

The production then goes on to East London at the Guild Theatre on October 17 (book at the theatre); Port Elizabeth at the Opera House on October 20 and 21; Cape Town at the Baxter Theatre from October 25 to 29; Gauteng at the Roodepoort City Theatre from November 1 to 4, and Bloemfontein at the Civic Theatre on November 7 and 8 (booking through PACOFS). (Unless otherwise stated - booking is through Computicket)

The ballet returns to home base to perform in the Playhouse Drama from December 12 to 30. Booking through Ticketweb. More details from FFFDC's Peter Taylor on (031) 209-0142 (office hours).




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