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Inside the Costume Closet: 'Romeo & Juliet' at the Joffrey Ballet

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It's nearly impossible not to get sucked into the beauty and romance of any Joffrey Ballet performance. But when the production is Romeo & Juliet? Consider us starry eyed. The classic love tale will play out in hops, twirls, and dramatic pas de deux at the Auditorium Theatre from April 30 to May 11, and we took a peek inside the costume closet. See what costume designer Tatyana van Walsum sewed up for Romeo, Juliet, and the Capulet and Montague clans below.

But first: find ticket info here. And if you want an elegant preview of the ballet, save the date for the company's Spring Gala on Friday.

· Romeo & Juliet at the Joffrey Ballet [Joffrey.org]
· All Joffrey Ballet posts [Racked Chicago]