The Romeo

By Trajal Harrell
Staging and choreography: Trajal Harrell

Picture a dance. Let’s call it the “Romeo”, after Shakespeare’s young lover who, in ignited enthusiasm, believed he could conquer death. Picture this dance, which would be known all over the world, although no one would know when and where it was created. Some would say that it was first danced many centuries ago while herding sheep in an alpine pasture; others might claim to have seen it for the first time at a rural funeral; perhaps it was created during a break in a mine shaft or after an errant shot during a hunt on the North American steppes; or maybe the daughter of a Japanese fisherman danced the Romeo for the first time when her father had reached the safe shore again after a violent storm.

No matter where the Romeo might have originated: Picture the dance that people of all origins, genders and generations, of all tempers and moods, perform when they have left their tragedies behind and are just dancing. Trajal Harrell will now bring it to Zurich. And maybe that’s where the story really begins.


With New Kyd / Frances Chiaverini / Vania Doutel Vaz / Maria Ferreira Silva / Rob Fordeyn / Challenge Gumbodete / Trajal Harrell / Thibault Lac / Christopher Matthews / Nasheeka Nedsreal / Perle Palombe / Norel Amestoy Penck / Stephen Thompson / Songhay Toldon / Ondrej Vidlar
Staging, Choreography, Stage design, Costumes
Trajal Harrell
Stage Design
Nadja Sofie Eller
Trajal Harrell / Asma Maroof
Stéfane Perraud
Miriam Ibrahim / Katinka Deecke
Show all contributers
Audience Development
Mathis Neuhaus
Touring, International Relations & Production
Björn Pätz / ART HAPPENS
Production Assistance
Camille Charlotte Roduit
Stage design assistance
Eva Lillian Wagner
Costume Design Assistant
Mona Eglsoer / Monika Annabel Zimmer
Production intern
Maimuna Barry
Aleksandar Sascha Dinevski
Show less contributers

A production by Schauspielhaus Zürich with the Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble. In Co-production with Festival d’Avignon, Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Berliner Festspiele, La Villette (Paris), Festival D’Automne à Paris, Comédie de Genève, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand scène nationale, TANDEM – Scène National (Douai), December Dance - Concertgebouw and Cultuurcentrum Brugge

Supported by Trajal Harrell Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble Fan Club & Michael Ringier

  • Premiere: 1. April 2023, Pfauen
  • Pfauen
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 3.4., 15.4. and 28.4.
Saturday 01.04. 20:00 Pfauen
  • Premiere
Tickets01Add to Kalendar
Monday 03.04. 20:00 Pfauen
Tickets03Add to Kalendar
  • Theatre Monday
Saturday 08.04. 20:00 Pfauen
Tickets08Add to Kalendar
Saturday 15.04. 20:00 Pfauen
Tickets15Add to Kalendar
  • Migros Subscription
Sunday 16.04. 16:00 Pfauen
Tickets16Add to Kalendar
Thursday 27.04. 20:00 Pfauen
Tickets27Add to Kalendar
Friday 28.04. 20:00 Pfauen
Tickets28Add to Kalendar
  • Carte Blanche
Sunday 30.04. 17:00 Pfauen
Tickets30Add to Kalendar
Monday 01.05. 18:00 Pfauen
Tickets01Add to Kalendar
More performances
less performances
Bits on Pieces
More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.
The Directors Talk
About Season 22/23

In seven short videos, Trajal Harrell, Nicolas Stemann, Yana Ross, Christopher Rüping, Suna Gürler, Wu Tsang and Stas Zhyrkov talk about their plans for the upcoming theatre season.