Cleo Parker Robinson's Spring Concert “Romeo and Juliet”
Apr 28, 2017 - May 7, 2017
For its Spring concert, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble presents two tales of iconic love and tragedy: the complete Romeo & Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev, and selections from Porgy & Bess by George Gershwin.
All performances will be during two weekends at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre.
A total of six performances will be on April 28, 29, and 30; and May 5, 6, and 7 with 7:30 p.m. evening performances Fridays and Saturdays and two 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. All tickets are general admission: $40.00 for adults, $35.00 for seniors 62 and up, and $30.00 for children/youth/students; $35.00 for groups of 8 or more. Visit www.cleoparkerdance.org or call the ticket office at 303.295.1795 x. 13 for more information and purchase options. Parking is free on the street and the nearby Safeway parking lot.
Opening the concert will be excerpts from Cleo Parker Robinson’s “Porgy & Bess,” first premiered in 1995, using Charleston, S.C., in the 1930s as its setting. Performed with live music, Parker Robinson’s interpretation of the timeless George Gershwin classic subtly balances passion and pathos.
Presenting a dramatic retelling of Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet,” in this lush production, Cleo Parker Robinson has set the star-crossed lovers’ story during the end of 19th Century New Orleans against the backdrop of the city’s exuberant Mardi Gras celebration. The work explores a clash of cultures and spiritual traditions, with Romeo’s Roman Catholic faith set up in stark contrast to Juliet’s traditional Yoruba beliefs. With beautiful costumes and rich lighting, Parker Robinson’s original choreography, and Prokofiev’s stirring score, it’s a spectacle not to be missed!
“Spring bursts forth with love, romance, and tension in our upcoming concert, ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ says Cleo Parker Robinson, Artistic Director and Founder of Denver’s 46-year-old Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. “Our original choreography in this production blends Prokofiev with the iconic elements of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, and is updated with the beautiful nuances of ritual and ceremony in a New Orleans Mardi Gras setting,” she said.
Parker Robinson originally premiered her choreographed version of “Romeo & Juliet” in 2012 at Denver’s Boettcher Concert Hall with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in live performance.
“We intrigue our audience with a unique pairing in ‘Romeo & Juliet’: a young man who is Catholic and a young woman of the African Diaspora from the Yoruba culture. Similarly, the power of Porgy & Bess sets the tone for a lively evening of dance and live music,” Parker Robinson said.