Commissioned by Grand Rapids Ballet, Mario Radacovsky’s innovative interpretation of the iconic Shakespeare tale focuses on the two lovers’ struggle with the social barrier that restricted and insulated them from childhood, and how it was broken for love.

This passionate ballet production contrasts concepts of duality through light and dark and a dramatic simplicity of sets as well as costumes splashed with color. Sergei Prokofiev’s beautiful classic score is stirring in this original exploration of the fate of the star-crossed lovers.

Under the artistic leadership of Patricia Barker since 2010, Grand Rapids Ballet has made an exciting transformation that has attracted world-class dancers, produced some of the most creative works in contemporary dance, and generated local, national, and international attention.

In addition to the presentation of the two-act ballet, Dance St. Louis hosts free pre-show and intermission programs of pop-up Shakespeare performances in partnership with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Shakespeare Squadron and SIUE Department of Theater and Dance.

Friday, November 4
7:30 p.m.: Pop-up Shakespeare in the Touhill’s Terrace Lobby
8 p.m.: Romeo & Juliet starring Grand Rapids Ballet                  

Saturday, November 5
1:30 p.m.: Pop-up Shakespeare in the Touhill’s Terrace Lobby
2 p.m.: Romeo & Juliet starring Grand Rapids Ballet     

7:30 p.m.: Pop-up Shakespeare in the Touhill’s Terrace Lobby
8 p.m.: Romeo & Juliet starring Grand Rapids Ballet

The Marjorie Orgel Speaking of Dance series – a free Q&A session – follows each performance, led by representatives of Grand Rapids Ballet and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis


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Directions & Parking


Directions: The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Take I-70 to Florissant Road (Exit 240).  Travel South on Florissant Rd. to the second University entrance at Grobman Drive.  Turn right.  

From Natural Bridge, turn left onto University Drive and follow it around to the right as it turns into Grobman Drive.

Parking is available in the garage to the left, just under the bridge, and in Parking Lot E on the right, about 500 feet past the bridge


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