& Juliet featured a remarkable performance by the Greater
Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS), led by conductor and
GTCYS Artistic Director, Dr. Jean Montès.
of the Twin Cities’ most accomplished professional dance
artists performed the venerable and beloved work, with Minnesota
Dance Theater’s Mifa Ko as Juliet and Abdo Sayegh as
Romeo. Several acclaimed guest artists starred in this production:
Shen Pei (Artistic Director CAAM Chinese Dance Theater) as
Juliet’s Nurse-Maid, Danny Buraczeski (Artistic Director/Founder
of JAZZDANCE) as Lord Capulet, Judith Brin Ingber as Lady
Capulet ("Voices of Shepard" and "Thirst"),
Wendy Lehr (Jungle Theater / Guthrie) as Lady Montogue, Bob
Davis (Guthrie) as Friar Lawrence, Barry Leon as Mercucio,
Michael DeLeon (Ballet of the Dolls) as Benvolio, Pavel Homko
(MTD) as Tybalt and Stephanie Karr-Smith as Lead Harlot.
Metropolitan Ballet Project’s objective is to provide
a unique and highly creative opportunity for both professional
and aspiring dancers and musicians to participate in the production
of a classical ballet. “We want to celebrate the diversity
that unites theater, music and dance, while creating a rich
experience for youth in the Twin Cities community,”
said Erik Sanborn Johnson, founder of the Metropolitan Ballet
Project. “One of the most exciting aspects of this project
is the presentation of dance set to live music, an element
that is most often missing from dance performance”.
acclaimed master choreographer Gregory Drotar served as Romeo
& Juliet’s choreographer. Drotar has worked with
the Royal Swedish Ballet, several American regional companies,
and is the recipient of the Dance Ambassador’s Award.
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
Twin Cities Youth Symphonies was established to provide an
exemplary orchestral experience for young musicians. GTCYS
is the nation's largest youth orchestra organization with
eight orchestras serving over 600 young musicians through
the 12th grade. GTCYS is in the forefront of the local arts
community with a busy concert schedule that includes fall,
winter and spring concerts for all of its orchestras. Led
by Artistic Director Dr. Jean Montés, GTCYS provides
an exemplary orchestral experience for the metro area’s
the Twin Cities Metropolitan Ballet Project
Twin Cities Metropolitan Ballet Project was formed in spring
2003 to showcase the most gifted dancers from the Twin Cities
area ballet studios and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.
The Metropolitan Ballet Project provides a strong educational
platform for aspiring artists, enabling them to participate
in an artistic cooperative that uniquely fuses the talents
of amateurs and professionals.