In 1962, to honour its re-opening after a devastating fire, the Grand Théâtre de Genève created its own ballet company - the highly acclaimed Geneva Ballet. From its beginnings, the company has been dedicated to illustrating the plurality of style in 20th century dance and has worked with many renowned artists. In 2009, choreographer Joëlle Bouvier created a contemporary version of the classical ballet "Romeo and Juliet" for the company and the production was met with critical acclaim.
Geneva Ballet will visit Johannesburg in June 2015 to perform a new representation of Shakespeare's eternally appealing tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". The story begins with Juliet's funeral before switching back to the town of Verona, which is echoing with the sounds of fratricidal fighting between two opposing families - the Capulets and the Montagues. But, at a ball, Romeo, a young Montague, falls in love with Juliet, a young Capulet, and the two share tender vows under the girl's balcony.
Sometime later, Juliet's cousin Tybalt provokes Mercutio, a close friend of Romeo, and kills him in a duel. Mad with rage, Romeo kills Tybalt. He is condemned to exile. To reunite the two lovers, Friar Laurence proposes a solution to Juliet. First, she must take a powerful narcotic that will make her appear to be dead. Once she is taken to the family vault, she will wait for Romeo, who will come to meet her, so that they can escape together. Unfortunately, on the fateful night, Romeo enters the tomb of the Capulets without having been warned of the subterfuge. Convinced that his Juliet is dead, he takes his life. When the girl wakes up it is too late. She, in turn, takes her life.