Age-Old Love Story

If diplomats worked to improve relations among eras instead of nations, Dominic Walsh would be secretary of state. His collaboration with Mercury Baroque, now in its fourth year, has taken his own contemporary choreography and melded it seamlessly with the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, creating a final product that is at once elegant and sexy, classy and edgy.

This year's Romeo & Juliet will be no different. The music is Vivaldi's, but Antoine Plante's arrangement is a far cry from "The Four Seasons." And Shakespeare's drama is rearranged as well: In this incarnation, Tybalt, Lady Capulet and Mercutio play more integral roles. But Romeo and Juliet remain the stars, and stars will play them: Paola Georgudis dances as Juliet and Walsh as Romeo. The cast also includes ten other dancers, two opera singers, four actors and a chorus. Sample several centuries at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, May 19.
May 19-20, 7:30 p.m.

 
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