During their grand European tour, The Moscow Classical Ballet Theatre gives only one performance in the Netherlands, and Carré was their choice.
The artistic directors of the Moscow Classical Ballet Theatre are Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasiljov. The company was founded in 1966 by the Ministry of Culture of the Soviet Union. In 1977 Vladimir Vasilyov, back then a principal dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet, was appointed Artistic Director and chose his wife Natalia Kasatkina, then a prima ballerina at Bolshoi, as Principle Choreographer. Several generations of world-famous dancers have been trained by them during the last 40 years.
The choreography of Romeo and Juliet’s lyric and tragic story combines the large-scale Renaissance lavishness with the finest psychologism of the 20th-century art.
Juliet is performed by Galina Garmash, a rising young talent graduated from the famous Vaganov Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. In 2016 she received 3 gold medals at different international competitions. Her beloved Romeo is Alexey Orlov, a principal dancer who trained at Saratov Ballet Academy. "His technique is exemplary, flawless and he has a charismatic energy and a youthful appearance", according to ‘Moscow nights’ (Vechernaya Moskwa).
"We wanted to stay as close as possible to Shakespeare’s original play, drawn by his romantic imagination and the protagonist but at the same time extravagantly folkloric, carnival characters. We actually aspired to recreate a close-up of medieval Verona framing the picture of Shakespeare’s irresistibly modern story that rivals love and fate."