Romeo and Juliet
Posted 11 April 2004 - 05:31 PM
Or is it another reason entirely?
Also, the role of the nurse is a non-dancing role -- how is that traditionally cast? Last night it looked to be played by a non-dancer, but one who was listedin the credits (although not as a member of the company)
Posted 11 April 2004 - 07:34 PM
Posted 11 April 2004 - 07:39 PM
Sometimes the nurse is danced by one of the company's active dancers, sometimes by a dancer who has retired from the stage.
Posted 11 April 2004 - 07:41 PM
Also, as I read the program insert last night -- didn't save it, I wish I had -- I recall it said that the ballet had it's premiere with Nureyev and Fonteyn in 1965.
Posted 11 April 2004 - 08:08 PM
"In the mid-60s Kenneth MacMillan created new choreography specifically for Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable, but commercial demands led to others taking the lead roles. Itís hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with the final Royal Ballet pairing: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev."
Posted 12 April 2004 - 05:35 AM
I think our perception of who's dominant, though, may have something to do with who's dancing the leading roles. I only saw Fonteyn's Juliet on video, but you're very aware of her -- stars have a way of demanding that you think of them even when they're off-stage.
The last time I saw ABT's "Romeo and Juliet," though, it seemed to me they were trying to duplicate their all-boy "Corsaire" success by turning up the juice whenever Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio were on stage. Instead of emphasizing the drama of the ballet, their solos or trios were made into star turns.
Posted 12 April 2004 - 07:50 AM
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