Gaze at grace with this GrouponLive deal to see ARTS San Antonio presents “Romeo & Juliet” by Mejia Ballet International at the Majestic Theatre on Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $20, you get one ticket for Value-level seating (up to a $40.40 value, including all fees).
- For $28, you get one ticket for Advantage-level seating (up to a $56.95 value, including all fees).
- For $42, you get one ticket for Superior-level seating (up to an $83.75 value, including all fees).
- For $63, you get one ticket for Premium-level seating (up to a $125.80 value, including all fees).
ARTS San Antonio, a nonprofit organization, strives to bring a diverse, globally-significant realm of performing arts to the San Antonio community. On May 1, they join with internationally-renowned choreographer Paul Mejia to present an evening of unique ballet. The program opens with "Jeux," set to the haunting melodies of Claude Debussy. Clad in pristine tennis whites, dancers glide with forceful, athletic movements while brandishing racquets. In Webern Pieces, a duo springs, spiderlike, along to the jittery, atonal sounds of Anton Webern's music. Scored by Astor Piazzolla's melancholy "Contrabajisimo," "Café Victoria" sets the stage like an unconventional drinking hole, with a ballet barre in place of the typical counter or large trough.
The performance concludes with the program's eponymous piece, set to Tchaikovsky's stirring overture. Staged during the final moments of Shakespeare's story, the piece has Romeo finding Juliet supine on a bed of black-clad dancers, killing himself just before she arises to find him on the floor. Russian dancer Olga Pavlova displays her acclaimed technique as Juliet, demonstrating why Dance Magazine praised her as a ballerina capable of being by turns “ethereal, sultry, comic, calculating, or delicate as a flower.”
Like many historic theaters, the Majestic Theatre first opened as a movie palace. But it stands apart for its Spanish Mediterranean style. Designed by John Eberson and Karl Hoblitzelle in 1929, the auditorium’s proscenium is a masterpiece in itself, flanked by sandy balconies detailed with ribboning of red, blue, and cold. Tiny cherubs hover over the stage, aiming their arrows at any audience member not in love with the show.