Ticketmaster Groups talks to DEREK DEANE, choreographer of the English National Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall from 11 -22 June.

R_&_J Hi res 2What do you put the enduring appeal of your production of Romeo and Juliet down to?

The ensuring appeal is that it is the most romantic of stories; it is the most passionate of its kind in the world. From an audience point of view, the audience feel much more involved as indeed the action takes place in the round of the Royal Albert Hall and in and around the audience.

What are your creative influences for the production?

When I originally created this production, I was inspired by Tamara Rojo and Roberto Bolle, two of the most exciting dancers at that moment.

What are you most looking forward to about the forthcoming 2014 production?

I am very much looking forward to working with dancers who are new to the production including Carlos Acosta, Vadim Muntagirov, Friedemann Vogel and Alina Cojocaru, as well as once again collaborating with the dancers of English National Ballet.

Aside from Romeo & Juliet, who are you most impressed with in the 2014 dance world?

I am very impressed by Kevin O’Hare, who has taken over running the Royal Ballet. His strength and commitment is extremely exciting. I also enjoy working with Vadim Muntagirov, who is an extremely rewarding and inspiring dancer to work with. I am also truly impressed with the joy that is Natalia Osipova, a truly exquisite ballerina, who has taken London by storm.

Away from the world of ballet, what are your other passions in life?

I enjoy many other passions, including other forms of theatre, cinema and reading and looking after my 50+ flock of sheep!


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