Romeo, Juliet and their love doomed due to an unending conflict: we are all familiar with the moving story from William Shakespeare’s play and Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet. Krzysztof Pastor, however, moves the plot into the ever-changing reality of the 20th century and proposes his own original vision. He replaces the square in Verona with the streets of Rome and dresses the Renaissance characters in contemporary costumes. Romeo and Juliet’s love continues on and on, tragically helpless in the face of destructive events in the outside world. The choreographer raises some tough and painful issues: dictatorship, war, terror, in whose shadow Romeo and Juliet experience throes of passion. Dynamic choreography, spectacular sets, an original dance language and expressive interpretations from the Polish National Ballet’s dancers add up to a show that is thoroughly modern, electrifying.