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 Post subject: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2001 11:08 pm 
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<BR>'Romeo and Juliet' reviewed by Judith Mackrell, who enjoys it a lot with caveats about Le Riche's knowledge of the steps and the very self-sufficient Guillem's ability to portray the vulnerability of the role. This wa my impresiion when I saw her performance a few years ago.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Le Riche's footwork and pirouettes are not perfectly finessed, yet as compensation he rides the swell of the music with powered assurance and his beautifully articulate arms and hands give wit to both his phrasing and his acting. In real life, his Romeo would be a man of bounding energies, a great teller of jokes and a great kisser. <P>With this confidence, he matches Guillem's headstrong, free-spirited Juliet well. When we first see the latter, she's less a vulnerable child than a mischievous flirt, dancing on a bubble of laughter and impatience. Her accelerating love for Romeo is stormily physical and Le Riche's strong partnering allows the pair to take heady risks. <P>What's lacking in Guillem's Juliet, though, is a sense of tragedy. She's so fine and free and glamorous from the start that we do not feel her actual powerlessness before fate and the family vendetta.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P> <A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,433572,00.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,433572,00.html</A> <P><BR>Ismene Brown also comments on the need for some fine tuning with Le Riche's performance, but otherwise is delighted with the lovers and less than enamoured with the rest of the production. <BR> <A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=3Sqn8rHM&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/2/5/btdans05.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=<BR>3Sqn8rHM&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/2/5/btdans05.html</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 05, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2001 6:46 am 
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I heard once that Fonteyn said that a ballerina had to be in her 40's to dance a teenage Juliet successfully - do you think this is true?


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2001 1:18 am 
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'Not quite an alpha Romeo At the Royal Ballet - Debra Craine doesn't fall for Romeo but loves Juliet.'<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Opening night also brought us a guest artist from the Paris Opera Ballet, Nicolas Le Riche, here making his debut as MacMillan’s Romeo opposite Sylvie Guillem’s practised Juliet. Le Riche has a lot of technical shortcomings as a dancer — his feet are dead and his turns are dire — but he possesses a rough appeal that Guillem’s refined Juliet clearly warms to.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Bang goes the Entente Cordiale!<P> <A HREF="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-79145,00.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-79145,00.html</A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 06, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2001 1:50 am 
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Nadine Meisner adores the Guillem/LeRiche combination. However, Romeo's chums get the thumbs own. <P><BR> <A HREF="Http://www.independent.co.uk/enjoyment/Theatre/Dance/Reviews/2001-02/dance070201.shtml" TARGET=_blank>Http://www.independent.co.uk/enjoyment/Theatre/Dance/Reviews/2001-02/dance070201.shtml</A> <BR>


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2001 2:11 am 
I must say that I am not a great lover of this MacMillan production of Romeo and Juliet, and I much prefer Ashton's version which I saw danced by the London Festival Ballet in the 1980s, or even the Kirov production seen in London last summer. There's quite a lot of padding which is quite typical of MacMillan's story ballets. I also feel the same about MacMillan's Manon.


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2001 6:09 pm 
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Le Riche has such awesome stage presence he even eclipsed Sylvie at times. He possesses that rare quality of stillness, used to potent effect, and the most delicate hands. For me Act I was the highlight, with the two scenes for R and J alone gloriously abandonded. Le Riche was certainly under rehearsed in the ensembles, like most of the production. William Tuckett was a strong and subtle Tybalt. Johan Persson will be a good Mercutio when stops grinning and works out the character.<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2001 9:07 pm 
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Thanks for your comments Michael. It's good to hear that in the crucial scenes, Le Riche came up trumps.<P>At an RB class I attended (took my leotards, but they said No!) we were told that a lot of the Company were injured or ill and everyone was tired. It may take a while for R&J to settle down.


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2001 11:44 pm 
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<P>Falling in love all over again - CLEMENT CRISP is very impressed with R&J. He is so more enthusiastic than his colleagues for LeRiche's performance, one wonders whether he saw a later performance. <P> <A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010212001487&query=Clement+Crisp" TARGET=_blank>http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=010212001487&query=Clement +Crisp</A> <P><BR>There are a couple of reviews of R&J in round-up articles to be found in our Cohabitants topic:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000628.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000628.html</A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 17, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2001 1:47 am 
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Jann Parry is very excited by Tamara Rojo's Juliet, going so far as to say that the ballet should be renamed 'Juliet and Romeo'. Also reviewed is the new Mark Baldwin programme.<P> <A HREF="http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,439355,00.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,439355,00.html</A>


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2001 12:39 pm 
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'Binary stars shining Debra Craine sees a Spanish Juliet triumph at Covent Garden, and a Romanian understudy steal the show.' The Royal has a number of very fine female dancers these days.<P> <A HREF="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-86969,00.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-86969,00.html</A> <P>'The Royal Ballet's fresh new heroines.' Judith Mackrell is also blown away by the Dynamic Duo, but for different reasons:<P> <A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,439875,00.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,439875,00.html</A>


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2001 5:23 pm 
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Interesting that Jann Parry thought Rojos Juliet was haunted by death from the start -I had exactly the same feeling. Her intensity throughout was awesome, a really complete and original Juliet,and that final silent scream was surely the best since Seymour? Urlezaga was also excellent, with some stunningly fast spins, and a breathtaking run to the balcony ending Act I.


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2001 5:34 pm 
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That final scream is presaged in the first scream of the music - at the very beginning. One hears the death knell in that scream. And so it is a continuum that the dancer must honor.


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
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'The sweetest sorrow - Ismene Brown reviews Romeo and Juliet performed by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.' Tamara Rojo and Johann Kobborg receive exceptional praise with different partners. <P> <A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=gjwfrVlu&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/2/20/btball20.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=gjwfrVlu<BR>&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/2/20/btball20.html</A> <P>There are few opportunities to see either of these casts. Rojo and Urlezaga dance again on the 24th March matinee and Cojocaru (if Benjamin is still injured) and Kobborg on the evening of 1st March. Both these performances are sold out, but there are 70 day seats which go on sale at 10am on the day of performance, one per customer, priced form around £8 to £28. 4 hours before the performance returns go on sale. There are usually some, but you have to be prepared to pay up to the top price of some £65. The matinee will be somewhat cheaper. <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited February 20, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2001 4:17 am 
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Image <P>MacMillan's R&J <P><BR><B>The Royal Ballet's 'Romeo and Juliet'<BR> with Mara Galeazzi and Jonathan Cope (16/04/01 matinee)</B><P>This was the last day of the Royal Ballet's performances of MacMillan's 'Romeo and Juliet' in this year's season. As chance would have it when I got home I was idly flicking through an old programme box and I came across my programme for 'R&J' from 20 years ago. Believe it or not, two of the cast from 1981 were performing today. David Drew has been 'promoted' from Tybalt to Lord Capulet and Romayne Grigorova was again playing Lady Montague. <P>This 1965 full-length work is one of the strongest in the Royal Ballet's repertoire and the Company still has the benefit of coaching from Anthony Dowell, Monica Mason and others who worked with its choreographer. Although some ballet lovers are nostalgic for the rarely seen Ashton or Cranko versions, this production has established itself with UK audiences and the performance I saw was the 339th by the Royal Ballet. Thus over 36 years, an average of roughly 10 performances per year, indicating its popularity. <P>I was keen to see the matinee with Mara Galeazzi as Juliet. This is her first season as a First Soloist and her dancing over the past year in 'The Firebird', 'Les Biches' and 'This House Will Burn' has promised much. Although this was her third performance in the role, the first two were schools events a few years ago and so this was a very special occasion for her. Some nerves might have been expected, but her performance was confident and uninhibited from the start. Perhaps this was due in part to her Romeo, Jonathan Cope, a dream partner and someone you can rely on to catch you as you jump backwards into his strong arms. I understand that her original partner Inaki Urlezaga has suffered a bad injury and is unlikely to dance again this season.<P>Her fine technique helped her to make the steps look light and easy and throughout Galeazzi wove beautiful shapes from the choreography. One of the joys of the work is the way that Juliet develops from the schoolgirl of the first scene to the passionate and tragic lover of the final stages. The choreography for Juliet helps here with a range of steps carried across her scenes, especially the pas de bourrées, but with a different emphasis as the narrative unfolds. Nevertheless, this is not an easy transformation and Galeazzi accomplished it admirably. I had a sense that this was achieved partly by her using her own out-going personality to provide elements in the portrayal. Thus in the ball scene she is happy and excited to be there and enjoys the initial attention of Paris. <P>In the key balcony pas de deux, which closes the long first Act, the moment early on when the two lovers look at each other across a long, long diagonal had great intensity and Galeazzi's complete faith in Cope meant that she could apply herself to the expressive aspects of the scene. Her rapture at first love was a joy to see.<P>In the tragic later scenes, she was a commanding presence on stage as she faced the separation from Romeo and then falls victim to the oppression of her Father's political ambitions through the match with Paris. MacMillan's idea that maturity comes through pain rather than pleasure was clearly defined. The duet with Paris was full of despair and the extraordinary final duet where Romeo believes she is dead was full of anguish. The scene in the vault was marred a little for me as I had to dissuade a tourist behind me from videotaping the action with an electronic device with accompanying chirps and trills! I suspect that this might be the next headache facing us at performances. The wonderful Prokofiev score was accompanied by mobile phones on at least two occasions, but thankfully not in the quiet passages. <P>As an aside, at a time when there is much discussion about clarity in current narrative dance works, it is worth noting that without the programme notes a first time viewer would have little or no sense that Romeo has been exiled for the slaying of Tybalt or that the letter about the fake suicide has gone astray.<P>The rest of the cast was also very good. As discussed earlier Jonathan Cope was a fine partner for Galeazzi and turned up the passion in most of the key scenes. However, I felt that his leaving to go into exile at the start of Act III was underplayed and came out as irritation rather than despair. Ricardo Cervera and Ivan Putrov as Mercutio and Benvolio were terrific and these young men made the laddish behaviour of the two friends very believable. The male trios were as good as I have seen in this work for some time. Many hope that these two and Edward Watson continue to develop so that they can fill the gaps which will appear in the ranks of the Principals of the Royal over the next few years. <P>Vanessa Palmer threw herself into the role of the Lead Harlot and the young Melissa Wishinski did well as one of the other two. David Drew was a formidable Lord Capulet and Genesia Rosato, a fine Harlot in her time, was every inch the haughty aristocrat which made the breakdown at Tybalt's death all the more electrifying.<P>Overall an excellent performance and one that delighted the capacity audience. I'm sure that many of those present hoped that it won't be long before we see Mara Galeazzi as Juliet again. <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 17, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: The RB 'Romeo and Juliet' - 2001
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2001 1:21 am 
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Stuart, thanks for this excellent review. I was there too and I agree with everything you say. I think Galeazzi is a real star, and it's going to be exciting watching her career.<P>I'm just amazed to hear that Romayne Grigorova, as Lady Montague, danced the same role twenty years ago - she doesn't look old enough!


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