Music of Sergei Prokofiev, work by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir

Contemporary dance, visual art and the music of Prokofiev combine to construct a monstrously beautiful ballet.

20 to 21 may 2022

The Iceland Dance Company returns to Arriaga Theatre to perform such a charismatic title as Romeo ❤ Juliet. With Shakespeare’s play as a starting point, Romeo ❤ Juliet by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir combines contemporary dance, visual art and Prokofiev’s music. The performance deconstructs the original story into a web of simultaneous narratives that fuses references from popular culture with the language of ballet. The result, as powerful as it is beautiful, is a monstruous nightmare; an abstract world replete with blood, love, ballet exorcism, fire, dance and death. Romeo ❤ Juliet slides through the sands of consciousness. Like a bloody river rising towards the sea.

Romeo ❤ Juliet, the well-known dance composition by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir, was originally created in collaboration with the dancers of the Ballet of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich, and premiered in autumn 2018. Now, the work has been developed, adapted and re-created with the dancers of the Iceland Dance Company, whose virtuosity and strength is already familiar to Bilbao audiences.

Show not recommended for children under 14 years.

The team

Artistic directors and choreographers: Erna Ómarsdóttir & Halla Ólafsdóttir
Music: Sergei Prokófiev & Skúli Sverrisson (Watching Water)
Prokófiev: recording of London Symphony Orchestra, Musical director: André Previn
Scenography: Chrisander Brun
Costume design: Karen Briem & Sunneva Ása Weishappel
Video: Valdimir Jóhannsson in cooperation with Erna Ómarsdórttir & Hall Ólafsdóttir
Lighting: Fjölnir Gislason

Dancers: Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon, Charmene Pang, Emilía Benedikta Gísladóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Félix Urbina Alejandre, Saga Sigurðardóttir, Shota Inoue, Sigurður Andrean Sigurgeirsson, Una Björg Bjarnadóttir & Védís Kjartansdóttir.


20 - 19:30h.
21 - 19:00h.


18€ - 42€ /with discounts

Friends of Arriaga:
From 25% to 35% DISCOUNT.

Groups, young people, over-65s, unemployed, large families and people with 33%+ disability:

Dance professionals:

Last minute discount (for above-mentioned groups, except Friends of Arriaga):

Last minute discount for Young Friends of Arriaga:

People with disabilities who use wheelchairs:
50% DISCOUNT (in proscenium balcony and one accompanying person)


140 min.