In Romeo and Juliet, it takes the death of two young children for the adults to acknowledge the blind hatred that drives them. It’s sobering to realize that today, children everywhere on the planet are still the victims of our quarrels and wars. Jacqueline Gosselin
Falling in love: so love is a fall? Sometimes. And it can be fatal! Think of Romeo and Juliet: two warring families pitted against two determined teenagers with loving hearts.
DynamO Théâtre shakes up the classic tale, incorporating acrobatics, swordfights, juggling, and a rotating set. Four actors play all the parts and comment on the action; Shakespeare himself is invited to speak. Can the inevitable be avoided? All we know is that if we’re going to reinvent the story, we have to find a way to overcome the power of hate.
Available only in French
Words Into Movement
Interview with Jacqueline Gosselin
In your adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, you retained only the four young characters. Why?
It was an intuition I had at the outset of the project, and it was confirmed as we went along. I used Shakespeare’s original material as a starting point; I didn’t want to stage his play, but rather to adapt it for a highly physical, acrobatic style of theatre.
Also, having four performers play five characters gives each actor the opportunity to play all the parts: the men can play Juliet, the women can be Romeo, Tybalt, Mercutio or Benvolio. Among other things, it conveys the message that romance isn’t exclusively a feminine characteristic, nor anger a masculine one.
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Performance is approximately 55 minutes with no intermission.