Northern Ireland audiences will witness two of the world’s best-loved classic ballets when Peter Schaufuss Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Romeo & Juliet at the Grand Opera House, Belfast from Monday 16 until Saturday 21 September.
Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet is the world’s favourite love story and British dance maker Sir Frederick Ashton created one of the most revered danced versions in Copenhagen in 1955 which has gone on to perform in many prestigious venues including the London Coliseum, The Washington Kennedy Centre and New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.
As well as directing both ballets, Peter Schaufuss will also dance in Romeo & Juliet alongside his son, Luke who performs the role of Romeo. This will be the first time the two have danced together on stage. In keeping with the family theme weaving through the ballets, Peter Shaufuss’ mother was cast in the role of Juliet when Ashton originally created Romeo & Juliet for the Danish Ballet. On his death in 1988 Ashton bequeathed the work to Peter Schaufuss who is dedicated to recreating the essence of this genius work.
Swan Lake, part of the company’s award-winning Tchaikovsky Trilogy, takes on the classic story with Schaufuss’ unique twist. The company’s recent season at the London Coliseum created a controversial and widely debated reaction from critics and fans. Schaufuss pushes boundaries with this show, and it makes for a memorable adaptation of a classic.
Danish dance legend Peter Schaufuss is regarded as one of the world’s leading classical dancers of the twentieth century and has appeared with all the major dance companies of the world including English National Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, The New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Ballet of the National Paris Opera, Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet in London. He has since gone on to produce Bournonville’s classics and all three of Tchaikovsky’s masterpieces for many worldwide ballet companies. His unique style and creative stage presence turned him into a global ballet superstar. He has won numerous awards including an Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Award and in 1988 he was knighted in Denmark.
Peter Schaufuss was Director of English National Ballet, Berlin Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet, before establishing his own company, Peter Schaufuss Ballet. The Company has enjoyed audience and critical success both nationally and internationally.
To book tickets, contact the Grand Opera House Box Office on 028 9024 1919 or visit www.goh.co.uk