Prokofiev's ballet drama Romeo and Juliet had its world première at the National Theatre Brno on 30 December 1938 (at the today’s Mahen Theatre, at that time called Na hradbách Theatre) with choreography by Ivo Váňa Psota. The current performance will be its seventh premiere production since 1938. The National Theatre Brno ballet ensemble will present a production directed by Martin Glaser with choreography by Mário Radačovský. Musical production has been undertaken by Pavel Šnajdr.
The dominant theme of this ballet production is the hostile division of a society from whose opposite poles Romeo and Juliet originate. This theme, which burning at the time of the writing of the drama as well as the time when Prokofiev wrote his ballet, and perhaps even more so today, brings about the image of a society divided between us and them, the image of a conflict between freedom and totalitarianism. The attitude of contemporary elites to be directed towards totalitarianism under the guise of discipline, uniformity, adherence to their own internal rules, order and formal arrangement in confrontation with the liberal part of society, professing the values of personal freedom, humanity, tolerance and intellectual creativity. The intention of the creators is to produce this work as a contemporary dance drama, up-to-date, resonating with the contemporary times and with the taste of a today's ballet spectator.
The premiere has been announced to take place on 8 March 2019 at 7 pm at the Janáček Theatre.
The project of Romeo and Juliet brought together three Slovak artists: Mário Radačovský as a choreographer, Alexandra Grusková as a costume designer and Marek Hollý as a stage designer. They are all active artists working in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and abroad. For the sake of this Romeo and Juliet production, they have been joined by the Czech director Martin Glaser. It is not usual for a choreographer to get a director involved in a ballet performance; in this case, however, it is an intention that will contribute to a progressive view of this Shakespeare's drama in the dance and overall interpretation of the work.