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March 4, 2021

“Tango. Radio and Juliet” – national premiere at Opera House

The performance “Tango. Radio and Juliet”, directed by Edward Clug, a production which targets a wider audience, from aficionados of classical ballet to those who have never watched an opera before, will be presented, in national premiere, on the stage of the Bucharest National Opera House (ONB) on Sunday, December 12.

“The performance is addressed, first and foremost, alongside regular opera-goers, to young people. My hope is they will be able to find, in this temple of lyrical art, a place where they may feel at home, by the kind of music they listen to, by the ballet and opera performances they may watch and by all the additional events,” Simona Somacescu, the coordinator of the Bucharest National Opera’s Ballet Company, stated, on Wednesday. The production, made up of two parts – “Tango” and “Radio and Juliet” – comprises choreographic modern dance performances, which often include elements of dance-theatre, on musical pieces signed by the likes of Astor Piazzolla, Goran Bregovic, Rene Dupere, Michael Portal, Jean-Marc Zelwer, Hugo Diaz and Gardel-Le Pera, in the first part, and the music of the British alternative rock band Radiohead.

The director of the production, Edward Clug, said, in a press conference, he was “most honoured” by the invitation extended by the Romanian National Opera and recounted he had last visited it “in 1989, in spring”.

According to the director of the Bucharest National Opera, Catalin Ionescu Arbore, this performance “marks an opening to modern dance”.

“Whereas, in the preceding season, we tried to glide from classical ballet to the neoclassical and modern, now (…) we plunge directly into modern dance,” the director of ONB stated.

Date: Sunday, December 12, 7 pm

Address: 70-72 Mihail Kogalniceanu

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