The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors Romeo and Juliet

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      From February 21 to 24, Ballet BC presents Romeo and Juliet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton Street).

      Set to Sergei Prokofiev's original score, the work uses Shakespeare's classic tragedy about star-crossed lovers to explore deeply human and enduring themes of love, fate, and family.

      Under the artistic leadership of Ballet BC artistic director Emily Molnar, this program will be a Ballet BC first: the world premiere of a fresh retelling of the classic tragedy by rising French star and returning choreographer Medhi Walerski.

      Romeo and Juliet will be Walerski's second full-length commission for Ballet BC; it is also a collaboration between Dutch set and lighting designer Theun Mosk, an international team of creators, and the Arts Umbrella Graduate Dance Program.

      Ballet BC is a creation-based company of 20 Canadian and international dancers that is committed to exploration and collaboration in contemporary dance.

      Tickets for Romeo and Juliet range from $35 to $100 (plus service charges and fees) and are available online at Ticketmaster. For more information, please visit Ballet BC's website.