“The gigantic difference seems quite clear between a traditional show with Renaissance music performed by a choir and this innovative presentation, full of talent, creativity and charm.”
Mario Córdova, Las Últimas Noticias (Chile)
A Renaissance concert with Romeo & Julia Kören is truly a musical experience beyond the ordinary.
In the world of early music, Romeo & Julia Kören has carved out its own niche. As Artist in residence at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, the ensemble honors a musical storytelling tradition. The theatrical concerts are created to thrill the eyes as much as the ears. Drama, music and choreography are fused into an expressive, playful, genre-transcending experience.
The sizable repertoire span from Italian, Spanish, English, and French Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces to Slavic songs and fiery Swedish folk tunes, songs that features tender tales of love as well as burlesque comedy. With arrangements specifically written for the ensemble, Artistic Director Benoît Malmberg dares to challenge the traditional way of performing this music, reviving it and making it speak to an audience of today.
The songs are performed accompanied by lute and percussions, double bass and guitar, depending on the choice of music. Romeo & Julia Kören performs in various constellations ranging from fifteen singers down to a quartet, or a soloist.
The concerts are adapted to make the most out of each specific venue, be it a castle, church, concert hall, private home, garden, town square, or any other physical space. No venue is too big or too small. Romeo & Julia Kören transforms any space into a stage and creates a magical world for the audience to take part in and share with them their joy and love for this music.
Ever-evolving, Romeo & Julia Kören´s prime objective is to captivate and entertain.
The special feature that Romeo & Julia Kören has developed is a full-fledged musical genre that combines singing, scenic narrative and choreography. […] The result is a playful performance, with excellent audience contact and a twinkle in the eye.
Gregor Flakierski, Allehanda (Sweden)