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 Titilayo Adebayo / Frances Chiaverini / Vania Doutel Vaz / Maria Ferreira Silva / Rob Fordeyn / Challenge Gumbodete / 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
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Audience Development
Mathis Neuhaus
Touring & International Relations
Björn Pätz
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
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A production of the Schauspielhaus Zürich with the Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble

  • Premiere: April 2023, Pfauen
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.