From its explosive violence to its tragic young-lover protagonists, Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
is tailor-made for the ballet, which is probably why it's long been considered one of the canon's most beloved works. Ballet Arizona performs the most famous love story of all time just in time for Valentine's Day. Two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, have been feuding for years. But when young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to stir up trouble at a party thrown by the Capulets, he spies Juliet, the Capulets' daughter, and falls hopelessly in love. Will love conquer all? Or will these two young lovers get caught in the crossfire of their family's bloody feud? With its sweepingly regal ballroom scenes, vivacious swordplay and poignant pas de deux, Ib Andersen's production is a feast for the eyes, ears and heart. See it at Phoenix Symphony Hall.