Australian Ballet prepares its new "Romeo and Juliet."
ABC news report, with video:
We all know how Romeo and Juliet ends – there's no feel-good finale, clearly – but choreographer Graeme Murphy’s noir treatment of Shakespeare's best-known play steers well away from previous classical ballets based on the bard's tragedy. "It's a risk," Murphy admits of his dark new interpretation of an old tale for the Australian Ballet, which has its world premiere in Melbourne tonight after a charity preview on Monday.
In this production the action is not restricted to fair Verona, nor the era in which the original was set – in fact, as Romeo plucks a gleaming orb from the night sky at the end of the famous balcony scene, it is clear that Murphy’s take on the "star-cross'd lovers" is more magic realism than strict adaptation.
The Herald Sun:
Ballet stars Kevin Jackson and Madeleine Eastoe yesterday proved they have perfected the passion of Romeo & Juliet's tragic young lovers during a preview of the Australian Ballet's most anticipated show of the year.
They performed the famous balcony scene in Shakespeare's timeless play ahead of tonight's world premiere of the Graeme Murphy ballet at the State Theatre
The Sydney Morning Herald:
Moving, challenging but most of all inspiring - there was nothing between me and the emotion of the dancers and I'm still thinking about what I saw then today. Napoleon Perdis says the theatrical makeup behind a powerful ballet tells as much of a story as the actual performance. What I hadn't realised until I saw Black Swan was that dancers do their own makeup - even dancers of the calibre of Madeleine Eastoe who was Juliet and Kevin Jackson, Romeo, in a company as prestigious as The Australian Ballet. As part of his sponsorship Napoleon designed the makeup looks and dispatched his creative team to teach the Romeo & Juliet dancers how to do them.....