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 Post subject: BRB Romeo and Juliet 2002
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2002 12:06 am 
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Romeo and Juliet
by Donald Hutera

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Birmingham Hippodrome

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IN A fluke of programming, British ballet is full of tragedy this week. On the heels of English National Ballet’s revival of Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet comes Birmingham Royal Ballet in Kenneth MacMillan’s version, which opened at the company’s home venue on Wednesday.
Shakespeare’s tale was the source of MacMillan’s first three-act ballet, originally made in 1965. He revised it in 1992 with handsome new designs by Paul Andrews, an art student whose degree show impressed him. MacMillan’s approach is pared down and relatively restrained, allowing him to chart clearly the development of the lovers’ all-consuming passion.
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<small>[ 06 December 2003, 08:29 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2002 12:14 am 
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<B>3 stars, <BR>Hippodrome, Birmingham<P>Judith Mackrell<BR>Guardian Unlimited</B><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet has been housed and dressed in Nicholas Georgiadis's designs for so long that it still comes as a shock to see Birmingham Royal Ballet's 1992 production. Paul Andrew's painterly sets glow with so much colour and intense decorative detail after the more monumental, shadowed vision of Georgiadis.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR><A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4370358,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A>


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2002 2:10 pm 
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<B>Lovers cast in heaven Birmingham Royal Ballet Birmingham Hippodrome</B> <BR>BY RICHARD EDMONDS for The Birmingham Post <P><BR>With its dazzling theatrical sweep and Prokofiev score, Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet has always been a huge event in BRB's dance calendar.<BR>Yet the opening Veronese sequence set in front of the Capulet Palace (where the splendid statues have now been taken down from the roof columns for some reason) lacked fire and the company dragged its heels.<BR>The dancers looked painfully inexperienced to my mind. They knew where they were, but why they were there seemed to elude them and interaction, excited faces, dramatic body language and so on, were very thin on the ground.<BR>But the principals redeemed much and not before time. Robert Parker and Monica Zamora were cast in heaven, and their dancing as Romeo and Juliet silenced a packed house with its intelligent emotional strength, its lyrical beauty and sheer control of fine body line.<P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=020308005678&query=ballet" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><P>


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2002 4:49 am 
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A reader takes issue with a review:<P><B>Letter: Romeo and Juliet, a ballet good show</B> <BR>BY URSULA BURMAN, printed in The Birmingham Post <P><BR>Sir, - I am not in the habit of writing letters to you but on this occasion I feel I must protest.<P>In the Post of March 8, there was a review of Romeo and Juliet at the Birmingham Hippodrome by the Birmingham Royal Ballet company.<P>While I agree wholeheartedly with the praise given to Robert Parker, and on Thursday evening when I attended Rachel Peppin, whose performance was, as stated, beautiful and breathtaking in technique and accuracy, and that of Marion Tait as Lady Capulet, I disagree profoundly with Richard Edmonds remarks regarding the other dancers, who were in my opinion superb.<P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=020316007315&query=ballet" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited March 19, 2002).]


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Is there a vampire in the house?<P><B>Ballet lover kicks up a stink</B> <BR>By Sarah Tyrrell, Evening Mail<BR> <BR> <BR>A theater-goer has turned her nose up at making another visit to Birmingham Hippodrome after an Italian love story was spoilt by a strong pong of garlic. Jill Bell, aged 60, from Bournville, complained during the interval of Romeo and Juliet by Birmingham Royal Ballet that it was too cold in the auditorium.<P>But when she returned to her seat she could not concentrate on the romantic tale because she was bowled over by a strong smell of garlic. The theatre today apologised and promised to investigate the problem.<P><A HREF="http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100localnews/page.cfm?objectid=11733111&method=full" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><BR>


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Terry Amos, a dedicated follower of BRB, has written an excellent round-up article on the various casts for 'R&J'. <P>Here is the link to his <A HREF="http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/happening/2659.html" TARGET=_blank><B>piece on ballet.co.uk</B></A><P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 26, 2002).]


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