From the lab to the opera: Suit up!

It pays off to look up sometimes (Photo: S. Schückel)

Last Saturday: Showtime!

One of highest number of participants so far, 40 researchers in total, joined us to see the world-famous story of “Romeo and Juliet” in its ballet version at Semperopera in Dresden.

Meeting outside in the freezing cold was indeed a challenge, even more so because most of us didn’t wear snow boots but formal attire. But after an hour we occupied our seats in the first rows and saw a really modern interpretation of the old story about love and hostility. We all appreciated the music from Sergej Prokofjew and the choreography of Stijn Celis. The experts among us with more ballet experience were critical about some aspects of the play, but everyone – even those who have been to many opera houses before – were fascinated and enchanted by the special atmosphere of the Semperopera.

The performers knew how to tell the story without even a word using an expressive language of movement. Costumes and stage-setting were surprisingly understated for the play originally taking place in the 14th century, where everything was richly decorated, but maybe it was even better for recognizing the emotions of this tragic storyline. As one of our researchers informed us, there was only one German dancer on stage, which we think fits the evening quite well: International guestresearchers watching a classic play acted out by an international cast.

If you’re interested in taking a tour to learn more about the historic background of the opera, have a look here:


Impressions of the evening:


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