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Juliet & Romeo

© James Bantone

Staging & Choreography: Trajal Harrell

“Now I have stain’d the childhood of our joy with blood.” – Juliet, who was still a girl a minute ago, uses the little knowledge she has of the world to kill herself. There is no consolation for those she leaves behind. There is nothing but memories, happy memories that do not soothe their grief, but rather push it into tragedy. This realisation is the starting point for the work that Trajal Harrell has developed here. It is not just his type of choreography that seeks out the gestures and signs of tragedy which have been passed down into our contemporary popular culture. Above all, he himself as dancer and performer develops a ghostlike power and idiosyncratic temporality in his movements, making space for the tragic. In his first piece of work for a German city theatre, Trajal Harrell has joined together with an all-male ensemble of performers to appropriate Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. How can we widen, expand and sustain the tragic moment of the death (and deaths) at the end of Shakespeare’s original? How can we defend desire against the world’s contempt and against suffering? Harrell, a passionate fighter for the opacity of the world, gives back to contemporary dance its beauty, glamour and nonchalance. Theatre? Realness!

With Trajal Harrell, Thomas Hauser, Max Krause, , Cecil Loresand, Christopher Matthews, Jeremy Nedd, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar
Staging & Choreography
Trajal Harrell
Set Design
Erik Flatmo, Trajal Harrell
Trajal Harrell
Stéfane Perraud
Katinka Deecke
Audience Development
Nico Grüninger
Drama Teacher
Patrick Oes
Production assistant
Miriam Ibrahim, Maja Renn
Set design assistant
Nicole Marianna Wytyczak, Natascha Leonie Simons
Costume assistant
Liv Senn, Fanny Wühr

Transferring from Münchner Kammerspiele.

  • Zürich­-Premiere: 17. December 2019, Schiffbau­-Box
  • Recommended age: 14 and above
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 28.10., 29.10. and 30.10.

Image gallery & Videos

Bits on Pieces
More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.
Das Auflösen von binären Strukturen

Ein Erfahrungsbericht über die Zürich-Premiere von Juliet & Romeo

Ghosts on a Runway (Part II)

Gedankenexperiment von Katja Brunner zu Juliet & Romeo

Ghosts on a Runway (Part I)

Gedankenexperiment von Katja Brunner zu Juliet & Romeo