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Birmingham Royal Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet': Love in Death
By David Mead
MacMillan once confessed that he was “sick of fairy tales” and if a story calls for the choreography to be ugly, just like life can sometimes be, then so be it.
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Yuri Grigorovich Krasnodar Ballet Theatre - 'Romeo and Juliet'
By Catherine Pawlick - August 8, 2005, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Classics are classics for a reason, but apparently the trend of late to rearrange musical chronology has been too compelling to pass up. The ballet begins to the sword fight music, and only in Act Two does the usual Act One introductory music begin.
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Kirov Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
By Cassandra - July 21, 2005 -- July 22 and 23 (matinee), 2005, Royal Opera House, London
Mercutio, Leonid Sarafanov quite simply stole the show: this is the best role I’ve seen him do so far. Still looking overly young on stage, he turned this to his advantage with the chubby cheeked mask he wears to the Capulets ball, looking uncannily like a caricature of his own face.
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Kirov Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
By Ana Abad-Carles - July 22, 2005, Royal Opera House, London
... it is still not easy to see Lavrovsky’s version with innocent eyes any more, and credit has to be given to the Kirov Ballet for managing to bring their version of the ballet alive in such a coherent and touching way."
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Pennsylvania Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
By Lori Ibay - June 10, 2005, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
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Pacific Northwest Ballet - 'The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet': Not Stepless in Seattle
By Dean Speer - September 25, 2004 -- McGaw Hall, Seattle
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Bolshoi Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet': Marriage of Old and New Lacks Innovation and Cohesion
By Rebecca Hirschman - November 5, 2004, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California
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Bolshoi Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet': Theory of the Leisure Class
By Cassandra - July 26, 2004, The Royal Opera House, London
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Kirov Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet': Careful Hesitation
By Catherine Pawlick - July 16, 2004, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
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Universal Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet': Engineering Detente
By Jeff Kuo - August 7, 2004 --Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Romeo and Juliet': Starry Afternoon
By Mary Ellen Hunt - June 30, 2004, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City
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American Ballet Theatre - 'Romeo and Juliet': Two Juliets and a Valedictory
By Jerry Hochman - July 3, 2004, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City
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Royal New Zealand Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
By Kate Snedeker - May 13, 2004, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
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Cincinnati Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet': Two Shows, Both Alike in Dignity
By S.E. Arnold - February 13-14, 2004, Aronoff Center/Cincinnati, Ohio
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National Ballet of Canada - 'Romeo and Juliet'
By Francis Timlin - October 12, 2001, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
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Rennie Harris Pure Movement - 'Rome and Jewels'
By Emma Pegler - October 20, 2001, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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Pennsylvania Ballet - 'The Taming of the Shrew': Nothing Tame About This Shrew
By Lori Ibay - February 28, 2002, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
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Pennsylvania Ballet - 'The Taming of the Shrew': Shrewdly Shrewish
By Lew Whittington - February 2004, Academy of Music, Philadelphia
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Boston Ballet - 'The Taming of the Shrew': Marriage: The Human Stain
By S.E. Arnold - November 6, 2004, Wang Theatre, Boston
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'Kiss Me, Kate'
By Patricia Somerset - November 2004, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
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'Kiss Me, Kate'
By Emma Pegler - Autumn 2001, Victoria Palace, London
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Eugene Ballet - 'Midsummer Night's Dream,' 'Incidents and Accidents,' 'Slipstream': Sense and Sensibilities
By Dean Speer - October 23, 2004, Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, Oregon
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Washington Ballet - 'Midsummer Night's Dream,' 'The Four Temperaments,' 'Sonatine'
By Dani - January 24, 2004, The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
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Royal Swedish Ballet - 'En Midsommarnattsdröm' ('A Midsummer's Night Dream')
By Kate Snedeker - March 17-18, 2004, Kungliga Operan, Stockholm
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Northern Ballet Theatre - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
By Cassandra - March 17, 2004, Sadler's Wells, London
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Northern Ballet Theatre - 'Midsummer Night's Dream': A Modern Dream for a Midsummer Night
By Kate Snedeker - February 24, 2004, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
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Cincinnati Ballet - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
By S.E. Arnold - February 14-16, 2003, Cincinnati, Ohio
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New York City Ballet - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
By Kate Snedeker - June 25-27, 2002, New York State Theater, New York City
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Boston Ballet - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
By S.E. Arnold - September 24, 2001, Wang Theatre, Boston
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Pacifc Northwest Ballet - 'The Moor's Pavane,' 'Quick Time,' 'The Piano Dance,' 'Lambarena'
By Dean Speer - April 16, 2005 -- McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
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San Francisco Ballet - 'Othello'
By Mary Ellen Hunt - March 1, 2003, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
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San Francisco Ballet - 'Othello'
By Basheva - September 28, 2002, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California
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The Royal Dramatic Theatre - 'The Merchant of Venice'
By Renee Oberg - July 21, 2005 -- The Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden.
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in our forums

Shakespeare in Dance
"
... what about Rennie Harris Pure Movement's "Rome and Jewels" (based on Romeo & Juliet)? It is hip-hop dance, and I know they were recently in the UK on tour, so they may have gone elsewhere in Europe as well ... "
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Kirov Ballet - London 2005 ('Romeo and Juliet')
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A thirst which is carried on at the expense of the private love affair between the two proagonists. The interplay between these two dimensions is interestingly portrayed in Leonid Lavrovsky's 1940 ballet adaptation ..."
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Bolshoi Ballet 'Romeo and Juliet' U.S. Tour 2004
"I
called this version, "Cabaret meets West Side Story meets Pina Bausch". Meaning, a little bit of decadence, a little bit of cross-dressing, a lot of angst-y movment."
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Bolshoi Ballet - 'Romeo and Juliet'
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Love, of the young and doomed variety, was what I expected to see and that was what i didn't get."
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Rennie Harris Pure Movement - 'Rome and Jewels'
"Harris informs us that, aged 14, he had thought "West Side Story would be better with hip hop dancers."

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Limon Dance Company 2002-2003
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Loved it, especially "The Moor's Pavane," which was wrought with passion, and the angst and anguish of it gone awry."
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San Francisco Ballet -- Southern California Tour 2002 "Othello'
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To be honest, I really did not enjoy "Othello." I hated how they oversimplified the characters into mere archetypes. We were forced to simply accept "oh they were in love" or "oh he was evil."
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San Francisco Ballet 'Othello' / PBS Controversy
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The assertion is dancers good enough to intepret (and in fact co-create) the role are not allowed to be in the film version because the choreographer wants a black dancer."
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'Kiss Me Kate'
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Interesting article in the Guardian on why the critically acclaimed Kiss Me Kate is closing when across the road Bombay Dreams is taking record bookings after lukewarm reviews."
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State Street Ballet - ('Taming of the Shrew')
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The centerpiece of the ballet for me was the very funny wedding/honeymoon scene of the first act, set to Ravel's Bolero.."
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Shakespeare in Washington's Kennedy Center 2007

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