by Jean-Philippe Dury

Dury’s version of Shakespeare’s most known love tragedy shows two conscious adults and two families, two languages, representing different cultural groups: contemporary dance mixed with the traditional Spanish dance. The choreography develops new movements and uses traditional aspects -such as “castañuelas”, fans or the “bata de cola“ dress- become contemporary tools in a rich exchange between the codes of Spanish dance, flamenco and contemporary dance.

This new version of Romeo and Juliet  proposes a new reading beyond gender characteristics playing with the characters, exchanging female and male roles. Romeo and Juliet are not two crazy teenagers. They are aware of their tragedy and they know that for them the miscegenation is impossible. Death hangs over them.



Choreography: Jean-Philippe Dury
Choreographic collaboration with Spanish dance and Flamenco: Estíbaliz Barroso, Juan Berlanga, Alex Cerda, Sara Cano.
Music: Collage of S. Prokofiev
Light design: Alberto Palenques
Costume design: Alsexandar Noshpal
Photo and video: Eva Viera / Javier Moreno
Moreno Production: EBB
Choreographic assistant: Andrea Méndez Criado

Medium/large format
Length: 1h30
Premiere: Espace Nova Velaux, France 2016

Dury adds moments of pure Spanish dance that highlights the dramaturgic dimension of the piece. He shares his love for Madrid and Spain, where he lives and from where he develops his dance company. He immerses us into moments of darkness and beauty of a Goya’s painting by means of a minimalist set with costumes in black or silver to distinguish Montagues and Capulets who will only be reconciled through the death of the two lovers
Florian NicolasAXE SUD
Juliet in Flamenco-land (...) The bridge between Jean-Philippe Dury and neoclassical and flamenco is a new phase in the incessant artistic journey of Romeo and Juliet, helping to establish it as an emblem of work forever open. This unprecedented musical, choreographic and sartorial extension of Juliette's territory, however, is not a concession to any form of ``local color`` that the choreographer would have liked to integrate with a view to deliberate anchoring in a given culture.
Nathalie Vincent-Arnaud