Kirsten Debrock's choreography on the music of Romeo and Juliet in the version of Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
was created for the ballet company of the opera of the City of Nice (France)
as part of a program organized to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth
of this brillian French composer.
The choreographer chose the music of Berlioz' Romeo and Juliet because of its unusual
approach to the dramatic story of the two fated lovers.
In this work, which Berlioz called a 'dramatic symphony,'
the protagonists of the drama express their emotions exclusively through the voice of
the orchestra, while the human voices merely tell the story and,
like in an ancient Greek tragedy, the function of the chorus is
limited to a comment on the tragic destiny of the two heroes.
This conception inspired Kirsten Debrock to visually integrate the chorus into the spectacle of
the movements of four dancers.