Previews: David Nixon’s Romeo & Juliet

From the February 14, 2013 edition

Before leaving his position as artistic director of BalletMet in 2001 for a directorship gig at England’s Northern Ballet Theatre, David Nixon tackled the granddaddy of love stories, William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.”

The respected choreographer’s classical take on the tale of the star crossed lovers (one of 15 company premieres he instituted during his tenure) has become a favorite of both the BalletMet dancers and its fans, and it is dusted off from the company’s extensive repertoire every few years.

Not only is this a chance to see a beautiful ballet, it also feels like dipping a pointed toe into BalletMet’s storied history. Nixon’s “Romeo & Juliet” last showed on Columbus stages in 2008, so Nixon came to town in September to restage his production. A score by Sergei Prokofiev, one of the 20th century’s most renowned composers, sets the intensity of the tragedy, and BalletMet’s dancers promise to deliver — just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Tickets start at $20.