Romeo & Juliet
Posted 07 March 2005 - 10:49 PM
Posted 12 March 2005 - 08:49 PM
And yet — while the Houston Ballet corps brings youthful vigor to every market scene — how many market scenes with folksy dances can an audience take today? With the kind of magnificent-looking but cumbersome sets few ballet companies can afford anymore, this 1987 production is also full of necessary road-humps: Interlude scenes in which dancers parade through some silly or solemn business downstage while the heavy furniture shifts behind a scrim.
Maybe we need to learn to slow down again, to savor such beauty. But a friend may have summed it up best when we decided Romeo & Juliet was like Godiva candy: A worthwhile indulgence, but it feels a little like eating the whole box at once.
R&J is far from being my favorite ballet, but does anyone else get the impression the reviewer is speaking of multiple-act story ballets in general while implying mime is unnecessary?
Posted 13 March 2005 - 05:26 AM
Posted 17 March 2005 - 01:13 PM
It's a small reminder of the hope for a safe return of all loved ones stationed overseas.
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