Contemporary dance inspired by the greatest love story of all time

R&J, an Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre production is coming to the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on Tuesday 30 April 2013 at 8pm.

Choreographed by renowned choreographer Natalie Weir, R&J tells three moving love stories inspired by Shakespeare’s most famous play, Romeo and Juliet.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “Everyone knows the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet. This performance is Romeo and Juliet for our times. R&J promises a night of stunning visuals, amazing dance, fantastic music, clever themes and Shakespeare. It’s a perfect night of entertainment.”

This incredible show turns the classic story of Romeo and Juliet on its head, cutting to the essence of what is real, human and inevitable. Love plays a major role in all our lives, but as Shakespeare knew too well, does not always guarantee a fairytale ending.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre Director, Geoff Dobson said, “This performance is set across three different eras, and tells three different versions of events. Expressions Dance Company cleverly and beautifully presents three radically different riffs on the much loved tale.”

With music composed by John Babbage and recorded by prolific music ensemble Topology, R&J celebrates contemporary performance at its most bold and powerful.

“This show will also include some of Burnie’s finest dancers, with scene one incorporating a special performance by students from Burnie’s Reflexions Dance Studio,” Mr Dobson said.

Winner of Outstanding Achievement in Choreography at the 2012 Australian Dance Awards, R&J reinforces the notion that love – no matter what age you are, or what era you live in – is eternal, power and everlasting.

For ticket information, please contact the box office 6430 5850 (Mon - Fri. 9am - 5pm) or visit

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728