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Foteini Christofilopoulou: Rosie Kay’s Romeo + Juliet in the studio
Romeo + Juliet is a new re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy that sets the action in the hot Birmingham summer of 2021. In this diverse city, young people’s family loyalties give way to gang allegiance as teenagers play with adult rules. A party in the park gets out of control sparking rumours, rioting and revenge. In the midst of rivalries, first tastes of freedom and sparks of a full-on first love ignite. Two young lovers are led to their tragic deaths by events they can’t control.
Romeo + Juliet is created collaboratively by Rosie Kay and the original cast of nine dancer-choreographers skilled in contemporary, street and Indian classical dance styles.
The photos in our gallery show the original cast: Mayowa Ogunnaike (Juliet), Subhash Viman Gorania (Romeo), David Devyne (Tybalt), Deepraj Singh (Merc), Iona McGuire (Angel), Harry Ondrak-Wright (LJ), Dan Baines (Paris), Ayesha Fazal (Rosa) and Patrick Webster (Ben).
The photographs were taken during reherasals at Dance Hub, Birmingham in March 2021.
Rehearsals were undertaken with social distancing in place. In the final few weeks, the cast will form a ‘bubble’ and performances will take place without social distancing or masks.