Romeo and Juliet


by William Shakespeare – Directed by Gigi Proietti

With the following words, Gigi Proietti presented the latest version of his Romeo and Juliet.

There is a positive side to the passing of time: you can look back, change your perspective, sometimes retrace your steps. In the case of a text, the return is a chance to review and develop intuitions and thoughts that have remained unexpressed, discarded in favor of others for lack of harmony, of time, of courage. I loved the first version of Romeo and Juliet very much, and I really love this new set-up, similar but different.

I have always thought that the party at the Capulet home was a kind of sliding door, which, when crossed or avoided, leads to different stories. What if Romeo decided not to go to the party? What if the whole story was just the dream of a young mind excited by love? What if love was the key that opens the doors of time, projecting us into the eternal tale of the two lovers? From here I started to decide to place the first part in our days. The party is a masked ball, which after the first glance and the fateful spark turns into a dream of distant times. The public will see itself reflected in the story, in a game of mirrors in which two realities, two centuries, two worlds are told.

So, if in the first part the friends and Mercutio give voice to their passions as light rappers and Giulietta is a girl from a good family who sings and plays rock, and everything is a whirlwind of energy and joy, then the music changes, it takes us in another time and regenerates the myth. History repeats itself and the ritual of love and hate fails, like an initiation rite in which the hero fails to pass the test. None of the young people crosses the border of maturity, no adult knows how to accompany them on the journey. We go from games to the grave, as can happen in any time, in a very sad tale poisoned by hatred, which turns into the hecatomb of a future.

As fresh as the previous team of actors was, this time the choice was to look for even younger performers, to underline the rift between generations.

Or maybe the age of the interpreters is the same, but it is my perspective that is changing and I look at this company with the affection I have always had for my students and for all the younger colleagues with whom I have shared my work. .

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