The story has been told in every kind of way over the last few hundred years: with emphasis on the good, the bad, the beautiful and the grotesque. But never has the tragedy of Capulets and Montagues been told in the context of VAT Teater.
So, what is Romeo and Juliet like at VAT?
It’s brief, brisk, passionate, bloody, indecent, virtual and physical, Dionysian and subdued in a very Franciscanesque manner. Aare Toikka has removed everything excessive from Shakespeare’s legendary tale and added his own color to ensure the play will remain fresh.
But regardless of the color, the message remains: no adjustment to the story will change the timeless truth that the raw flames of passion and love are as stubborn as weeds that always find a way to break through any social concrete.
Author | William Shakespeare
Director | Aare Toikka
Designer | Iir Hermeliin
Composer | Veiko Tubin
Light designer | Sander Põllu
Video designer | Sander Põldsaar
Choreographers | Marge Ehrenbusch and Tanel Saar
Cast | Henessi Schmidt, Karmo Nigula, Karolin Jürise, Elina Reinold, Margo Teder, Ago Soots and Tanel Saar
Premiere: 3rd of September 2020 Vaba Lava in the Big Hall (Tallinn, Estonia)