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Pacific Northwest Ballet: Romeo et Juliette 2009
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Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:20 pm ]
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Pacific Northwest Ballet opens the 2009-10 season with a revival of Jean-Christophe Maillot's "Romeo et Juliette." September 24 through October 4, 2009 at McCaw Hall in Seattle. Here is a link to the program information on the PNB website (which has a new look this season).

Romeo et Juliette information

Steve Wiecking interviews Principal Dancer Lucien Postlewaite regarding Romeo in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine:

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:50 pm ]
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Casting is now available on the PNB website:

Romeo et Juliette Casting

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:11 pm ]
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Moira Macdonald previews "Romeo et Juliette" in The Seattle Times:

Seattle Times

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:53 pm ]
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Here is a link to a seven minute interview with Artistic Director Peter Boal and Principal Dancer Carla Korbes on Seattle TV station KING-5, recorded Wednesday morning, September 23, 2009.

KING-5 Interview

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:28 pm ]
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KING-FM radio will broadcast the Friday, September 25, 2009 live performance of the Prokofiev score by the PNB Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time).

98.1 FM in the Seattle area or online at

Three other ballet scores will also be broadcast live in 2009-10: Nutcracker on Friday, November 27, 2009;
Sleeping Beauty on Friday, February 5, 2010; and
Coppelia on Friday, June 4, 2010.

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:27 pm ]
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Moira Macdonald reviews the Thursday, September 24, 2009 opening night cast in The Seattle Times:

Seattle Times

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:24 pm ]
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Sandra Kurtz reviews two different lead couples in Seattle Weekly:

Seattle Weekly

Author:  Dean Speer [ Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:49 pm ]
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The Survivor
Pacific Northwest Ballet's “Roméo et Juliette”
Saturday, September 26, 2009

by Dean Speer

Being a survivor means a lot of things. Feelings at once of relief, joy yet mingled with guilt at perhaps being left behind or of not being able to do enough -- or anything -- to help those who needed it the most.

In the past two years, I've aided two dear family members through crisis, weathered being laid off from two jobs, endured the passings of co-workers and friends, several retirements, and have witnessed laid off close work colleagues either leaving the building in tears or being escorted out and not even being able to collect their personal effects. Each day I come into the office and experience a degree of trauma and very mixed feelings, even though many are being nice and go out their way to be accommodating and helpful.

I can only imagine what it must have been like for Friar Laurence to have not only been witness to tragic and historic events but to also have been a key player in them.

Pacific Northwest Ballet's contemporary version of "Roméo et Juliette" sees these events through his eyes in a series of flashbacks, sometimes commenting on the action either as it unfolds in front of him or after it's happened.

I've had some challenges wrapping my head around Maillot's choreography and have come to the conclusion that while it's not romantic in nature it does clearly express the feelings of the protagonists quite well. Having re-tooled myself, I see this work as a different kind of ballet -- bold in its expression; a kind of palette painted with vibrant hues rather than Northwest bland. It is cinematic in presentation and scope, playing itself out like a film with its scenes connected by the Friar.

At its center are the two from opposing houses -- the superb Carla Körbes as Juliette and, in excellent dramatic form, Lucien Postlewaite. These two really sparked and played off each other, coloring their interpretations as they wouldn't with other partners. This is one of the joys of seeing different casts -- each bring their own jackets of knowledge and sense of expression to their dancing roles. The standing ovation and cheers they received were certainly well-deserved.

Newly promoted to the rank of principal, Karel Cruz danced the role of the Friar with his usual clean technique and strength, imbuing it with Martha Graham like dramatic flair and deep intensity.

Wicked power is how Juliette's mother is portrayed, and Ariana Lallone brought all of her majesty and might that clearly showed the angst and fury and perhaps a bit of madness. Very raw emotions barely under the surface when she is in control and someone to stay clear of when not.

Maillot ends his version, not with the houses "agreeing to disagree" as in some but with the deaths of Juliette and Roméo. Raw, unadulterated.
Aided and abetted by the fabulous Prokofiev score, PNB's acquisition and repeat this season is a force to be reckoned with...and one that brought in full houses, much media attention and which will inspire future dancers.

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