Romeo and Juliet
Choreographed by Nicolas Petrov
Staging by Susan Stowe
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Rockwell Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse
The Conservatory Dance Company stages another memorable production of Prokofiev’s famous ballet, originally choreographed by Nicolas Petrov, an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and artistic director who retired from Point Park last year. He choreographed the American premiere of Romeo and Juliet at Point Park more than 40 years ago. Susan Stowe serves as répétiteur, staging Petrov's choreography on the Rockwell stage.
Known for her vibrant performance quality, clean balletic lines and arched feet, Ms. Stowe’s 15-year professional career began under the direction of Ted Kivitt at the Milwaukee Ballet Company. Ms. Stowe’s performance career also included Burklyn Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, Ballet Austin, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Among her most notable performances were leading roles in Choo San Goh’s Unknown Territory, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs, and Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s Elite Syncopations.
In August of 1995, Ms. Stowe joined the dance faculty of Point Park College (now University). She served as a Master Teacher for the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts from 1995-1998 and was subsequently appointed Artistic Director of Point Park’s International Summer Dance program in 1998. Ms. Stowe served as Chair of the Department of Dance and Associate Artistic Director of the Conservatory Dance Company from 2004-2014. In September of 2012, Ms. Stowe was promoted to the rank of Professor in the Department of Dance where she continues to teach ballet technique, pointe and variations in addition to staging and rehearsing repertoire for the Conservatory Dance Company.
An internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and artistic director with more than 50 years of experience, Petrov has choreographed more than 100 ballets, eight of which are full-length productions. He has performed with Belgrade’s Opera Ballet, Ballet de France, Theatre D’Art du Ballet, and Massine. He toured the world and worked with such notable artists as Olga Preobrajenska, Leonide Massine, Milorad Miskovitch, Duska Sifnios, Paolo Bortoluzzi and Carla Fracci, among others. He formed his own dance company, Ballet Petrov, which performed with great success in Paris, Vienna, Bolen, Lyon, Lisbon and Brussels. In 1967, Petrov came to Pittsburgh and took over the direction and development of the Pittsburgh Playhouse Ballet Department and subsequently launched the dance program at Point Park College (now Point Park University). Petrov simultaneously launched the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, which he directed from 1969-1977, and brought to the city some of the world’s finest dancers and choreographers, including Natalia Makarova, Violette Verdy, Edward Villella, Peter Schaufuss, Leonide Massine, Ruth Page and John Butler.