Article on the Malta Independent – Romeo and Juliet – Where Hip-hop marries ballet

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be performed as never before on 30 November and 1 December at the Mediterranean Conference Centre at 8pm.

This production will be based on a modern scenario, having two totally different dance disciplines – classical ballet and street dance – representing the two different families; the Capulets and Montagues. The fascinating music of Sergei Prokofiev was chosen, and arranged accordingly. The production boasts of approximately 100 participants dressed in delightful costumes that will relate the well-known story in drama, song and dance.

The choreography is by Mr Ian Mackenzie Stewart, A.B.B.O. Mr Mackenzie Stewart has been awarded the Gold Land medal for singing, and was the world champion of Highland dancing. He trained at the Scottish Youth Theatre and the Royal Ballet School. He is internationally famous throughout the world of dance, especially in the West End.

The part of Juliet will be played by Ms Emma Marion Lister, a principal dancer with the English Youth Ballet. Ms Lister is an experienced dancer who has toured with different ballet companies to perform Swan Lake, the Nutcracker and Giselle.

Marlyn Letaga, will be playing Romeo. He has held the title of national champion of street dance for the past five years.

The production will be directed by Mr Joseph Camilleri, better known as Zep in the theatre and television world.

The producers for this original performance are Mandy’s Dance Academy and the Waterfall Dancers.

Mandy’s Dance Academy is the local representative of the British Ballet Organization – where full dance training is given based on the international recognized syllabus of the British Ballet Organization.

Waterfall Dancers are a prestigious group of youngsters who train professionally in hip-hop and break dance styles. Since 1999, the Waterfall Dancers have flourished due to an ever increasing interest in their talent throughout Malta and Gozo – they now have studios in ten different localities. Waterfall Dancers are presently the reigning champions of the Goldwell Award.

Booking is now open, with prices ranging from Lm5.50/ EUR12.80, Lm 7/EUR17.50 and Lm9.50/EUR22.25.

For tickets phone on 9982-3093/7920-7632, or email

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