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Posted 18 June 2011 - 09:19 PM

Reviews of the Royal Ballet's arena performance of 'Romeo and Juliet.'

The Telegraph

The old Millennium Dome's hangar-like interior has meant rethinking the presentation of Kenneth MacMillan's 1965 Romeo and Juliet on brash, rock concert lines.

No pit meant putting Barry Wordsworth and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a narrow glass box above the stage. Their playing has been subtly amplified, flooding the great barn of the O2 with Prokofiev's thundering score.


The Arts Desk

What is obviously arena-orientated is the three large overhead screens, on which floor-level cameras project the live action, to help those in the £10 seats the length of two football pitches away see something other than specks in the distance (the Balcony Scene above, pictured by Tristram Kenton). On them too are the staging’s most innovative feature, the dramatised backstage links between scenes pre-filmed by the Ballet Boyz, former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, which atmospherically set up each scene: the Capulets mustering for their celebrated Dance of the Knights, Juliet putting on her nightie before the balcony scene. These are very evocative and beautiful, with the backstage theatre lights as much part of the context as the props and costumes

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The Independent

Acosta is on form as Romeo, focused in his solos and ardent in the duets. The whole company is on its mettle for this new venture, dancing with fierce pride for a new audience. In luxury casting, Sergei Polunin danced Benvolio, stepping in to lead the mandolin dance with sensational verve. Rupert Pennefather is an elegant Paris, sure of his rights but not certain how to insist on them. Elizabeth McGorian rages grandly over the corpse of Thiago Soares’ swaggering Paris.

But it’s Rojo who carries the performance. The last act focuses on Juliet: her confrontations with her family, her flight to Friar Lawrence, the lovers’ deaths in the tomb. Rojo’s drive brings these scenes into closeup, intimate even in the O2.



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Posted 18 June 2011 - 10:01 PM

A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet's 'Season Encore' by Steve Ha for Seattle Dances.

...While professionals in other classical performing arts can in fact become more distinguished with age, ballet dancers are more vulnerable to the whims of an aging body, and perhaps cruelly subject to standards where even the slightest decline in technique is virtually unforgivable.

However, ‘Season Encore’ showed evidence to the contrary, or at the very least, muddled the lines. In the myriad of extracts spanning a wealth of performances, the audience recalled some of their fondest memories as a couple of the retiring principals danced in some of their finest roles. The quiet and chivalrous Jeffrey Stanton showed his gracious partnering skills in the Pas de Deux from Balanchine’s Agon, but made sure to remind the audience that his tranquil demeanor is but one facet of his personality—he has a surplus of classical jazz in him....



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Posted 19 June 2011 - 11:20 AM

Ballet Barre closes out the season with a party.

Since its founding, the organization of 157 members has raised $12,000 for the Houston Ballet Foundation and $30,000 for the ballet's capital campaign. Joining the party scene were more than 30 prospective new members.

Part of the entertainment on this night of soaring mercury centered on dancers from Houston Ballet's second company, HBII. Costumed in ensembles from ballets to be performed in the upcoming season, they preened and posed around the impressive A-7, R-8 and A-8 Audi models.




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