Dancers use their bodies to express emotions, unlike opera singers, who use their voices, and Punchin' Jack, who only uses his fists. Get an eyeful of art with this GrouponLive deal to see The Russian National Ballet's performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Music Hall Center. For $49, you get two tickets for seating in the main floor or front mezzanine on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. (up to a $119 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Tchaikovsky's take on Romeo and Juliet—one of several Shakespeare stories he used as inspiration for compositions––wordlessly tells the familiar story of star-crossed lovers torn asunder by warring families and rotten luck. In an evening of bodily expression and epic melodies, The Russian National Ballet unearths the original, restored version of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and presents it alongside a troupe of 50 dancers leaping, pirouetting, and suppressing the desire to sing love songs by The Cardigans.
Highlights from a performance in 2010
The Russian National Ballet
Founded in Moscow in the mid-1980s, during the transitional period of perestroika, The Russian National Ballet has adhered to the great traditions of Russian ballet companies amid social and political change. Led by artistic director Elena Radchenko, a former Bolshoi dancer, the company brings its classic ballets and well-practiced artistry to stages across the globe.
Music Hall Center
Built in 1928, Music Hall Center dazzles patrons with an ornate art-deco façade and lush Spanish Renaissance interior. Elegant columns, glittering chandeliers, and vibrant geometric patterns create a palatial atmosphere in the lobby. The auditorium's intimately arranged velvet seats leave every viewer within 70 feet of the stage, eliminating the need for binoculars or drawn-out games of telephone describing the onstage action.