Anyone have any suggestions for R, J, or any other major character? Stagecraft and projecting emotions seems to be even more important than ballet technique in Cranko's version. Based on their development this year, I definitely would love to see what Jeanette Delgado and Patricia Delgado would do with Juliet. (Both seem to have some of the qualities that made Marcia Haydee such an unforgettable performer.)
Romeos don't come to mind as easily in this company, it seems to me. It would be interesting to see Daniel Baker get the chance. But paired with whom? Is Rolando Sarabia a possibility? And what about Tybalt? I wish Isanusi Garcia-Rodriquez were still with the company. Daniel Sarabia? Neil Marshall? How about Mercutio? Alex Wong? Sean Michael Breeden?
As for Lady Capulet the Nurse, and Friar Lawrence? Is it too much to hope that they will bring in dancers of the appropriate age?
Here's what the company has to say about the FULL SEASON:
Program I features the Company Premiere of Jerome Robbins' Fanfare – a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, with its premiere having taken place on the night of her coronation in 1953. It is an enchantingly bright and goofy take on Benjamin Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra." Now it salutes the start of the 25th Anniversary Season, and the return of Opus One Orchestra to the pit. Also on this program are two George Balanchine pieces, which include the sensual Bugaku and the lively Western Symphony.
Program II will highlight the Company Premiere of Twyla Tharp's Baker's Dozen, where she flings a dozen dancers onto the stage – hustling, spinning, shimmying, yet romantically inclined – to the irresistible stride piano of the immortal Willie "The Lion" Smith. Also appearing are Balanchine's dramatic La Sonnambula and Balanchine's exceptional Stravinsky Violin Concerto – plus a Pas de Deux TBA.
Program III spotlights Paul Taylor's Promethean Fire – a work that has been suggested to be Taylor's response to 911. Set to Leopold Stokowski's magnificent orchestral transcriptions of Bach, it has been hailed everywhere as a masterpiece. The program also includes Balanchine's high spirited Scotch Symphony and Tharp's jazzy Nine Sinatra Songs.
Program IV is the Company Premiere of John Cranko's acclaimed full-evening version of the world's most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet. According to The New York Times, this is arguably the best dance treatment of Prokofiev's celebrated score. An unforgettable ballet. A major event!
In addition to the premieres, this will be the first time I've seen MCB dance Western Symphony, Scotch Symphony, and Bugaku. Any comments on the programming?