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 Post subject: Romeo og Julie /Romeo and Juliet
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 12:01 pm 
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Romeo and Juliet


Choreography: John Neumeier
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Set design: Jürgen Rose
Iscenesættelse: John Neumeier
Conductors: Graham Bond / Tadeusz Wojciechowski

Approximate length: 2 hours and 55 minutes

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16 | 18 | 19 | 23 | 25 november 2005
7 | 15 | 18 | 20 februar 2006


Translation of the press release (all errors and mistranslations are mine)

A monumental “Romeo and Juliet” with four debuts in the main roles

Few main parts are as sought after in dance as Romeo and Juliet in John Neumeier’s choreographic masterwork from 1974. In this autumn’s production of the work, there are four dancers, who for the first time have to show their version of the history of the young couple; thir fight to win each other across social and cultural boundaries.

For Sebastian Kloborg, there is talk about a smaller breakthrough, that he has never before had so essential a part, and that he only had been a corps dancer since August 2005. When it comes to all four debuting dancers, their work these days with the dramatic roles, is some of the biggest you can achieve for dancers with the Royal Danish Ballet.

On the ballet’ importance, ballet master Frank Andersen says:

“It is no exaggeration to characterize John Neumeier’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” as ballet history’s greatest drama. And, there have been many productions, don’t get me wrong. “Romeo and Juliet”, in Neumeier’s staging, has become one of the Royal Danish Ballet’s all-time biggest successes, a classic in our ballet repertory and also a part of our ballet tradition. It is a monumental production, and more than any other productions clarifies the history and the drama of the young lovers.”

Four fateful days in April

John Neumeier creates many interesting dramatic and choreographic tricks, which together with Prokofiev’s music are a part of the explanation of the works monumental character. For example, Neumeier has tried to do the work, yet present it so the drama stretches out for five days in April – precisely from the 11th to the 14th of April, and haw individualized all the figures in the scenes – the servants are not only servants, they are called Sampson and Gregory. The choreography takes the leading characters through the whole emotional register, from the first baby nervousness and un-sureness, through the first passionate love with the longer movements and the endless happy feelings with constant lifts and long solos by turns to the heavy, slow-motion emotional parting scene.

For the re-premiere, Tina Højlund and Kristoffer Sakurai dance opposite each other, and already in the next performance, Susanne Grinder and Sebastian Kloborg will debut. With the long series of old principal dancers and soloists that have danced these roles, there is naturally an interest in which sensitivity, temperament and intellect the four debuting dancers will choose to inject into their version of the big, powerful main roles.



The press release in Danish:

Monumental Romeo og Julie med fire debutanter i hovedpartierne.
Få hovedpartier er så eftertragtede at danse som Romeo og Julie i John Neumeiers koreografiske mesterværk fra 1974. I efterårets opsætning af værket er der hele fire dansere, der for første gang skal vise deres udgave af historien om det unge par, der kæmper for at vinde hinanden på tværs af sociale og kulturelle skel.
For Sebastian Kloborg er der tale om et mindre gennembrud, da han ikke tidligere har haft så vigtigt et parti, og da han kun har været korpsdanser siden august 2005. For alle fire debutanter gælder det, at deres arbejde i disse dage med de dramatiske roller, er noget af det største, man kan opnå som danser ved Den Kongelige Ballet. Om værkets betydning siger balletmester Frank Andersen:
”Det er ingen overdrivelse at karakterisere John Neumeiers iscenesættelse af Ro-meo og Julie som Ballethistoriens største drama. Og alle, der har set forestillin-gen, vil nok give mig ret. Romeo og Julie er i Neumeiers opsætning blevet en af Den Kongelige Ballets allerstørste succes’er, en klassiker i vores balletrepertoire og også en del af vores balletradition. Det er en monumental forestilling, der mere end nogen anden produktion tydeliggør historien og dramaet om de unge elsken-de.”

Fire skæbnesvangre dage i april
John Neumeier foretager flere interessante dramatiske og koreografiske kneb, som sammen med Prokofjevs musik er en del af forklaringen på værkets monumentale karakter. F.eks. har Neumeier forsøgt at gøre værket endnu mere nærværende ved at lade dramaet udspænde sig inden for fire dage i april – præcis fra den 11. – 14. april - og ved at individualisere alle figurer på scenen – tjenere er ikke bare tjenere, men hedder Sampson og Gregory. Koreografisk gennemgår hovedpersonerne hele følelsesregisteret fra den første spæde nervøsitet og ustadighed, over den første lidenskabelige kærlighed med de længere bevægelser og den endeløse lykkefølelse med konstante løft og lange soli på skift til den tunge slow motionsagtige afskeds-scene.

Til repremieren står Tina Højlund og Kristoffer Sakurai over for hinanden, og alle-rede ved den efterfølgende forestilling debuterer Susanne Grinder og Sebastian Kloborg. Med den lange række af store solodansere og solister, der har danset dette parti, er det naturligvis ventet med interesse, hvilken følsomhed, temperament og intellekt de fire debutanter vælger at tilføre deres udgave af de store stærke hoved-partier.


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Do you know who will dance on Saturday 19th and Friday 25th?


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Greetings!

No casting beyond what is listed above has been released. It seems unlikely for a long, challenging ballet such as 'Romeo and Juliet' that dancers would perform the lead roles two nights in a row, so it seems likely that Hojlund and Sakurai will probably dance on the 19th. But casting is never a sure thing until the dancers set foot on the stage.

More detailed casting is likely to be released tomorrow or early next week. I will be - weather permitting! - in Copenhagen for the next few days to see the New York City Ballet (but unfortunately not for the re-premiere), and will post any official casting information will once it has been released by the press office.

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Thanks for information.

I hope we'll get the chance to read your comments about the NYCB. Unfortunatelly I cannot be in Copenhaguen this week-end.
Enjoy it for me :wink:


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Casting for the 2005 performances has been posted:

November 16, 19, 25

Romeo: Kristoffer Sakurai
Juliet: Tina Højlund

Lord Capulet: Erling Eliasson
Lady Capulet: Silja Schandorff
Benvolio: Tim Matiakis
Mercutio: Jean-Lucien Massot
Tybalt: Peter Bo Bendixen
Prince Paris: Nicolai Hansen
Brother Lorenzo: Constantine Baecher
Juliet's Nurse: Kirsten Simone

November 18, 23

Romeo: Sebastian Kloborg
Juliet: Susanne Grinder

Lord Capulet: Mogens Boesen
Lady Capulet: Gitte Lindstrøm
Benvolio: Marcin Kupinski
Mercutio: Thomas Lund
Tybalt: Kenneth Greve
Prince Paris: Julien Ringdahl
Brother Lorenzo: Christian Hammeken
Juliet's Nurse: Jette Buchwald


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The opening night reviews are starting to come in:

Vibeke Wern has given the performance 5 out of 6 stars. As a note of interest, Wern mentions Marcin Kupinski as Benvolio. Tim Matiakis was scheduled to perform the role on opening night, so I hope that he is not ill or injured.:

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Af Vibeke Wern |
Ballet: »Romeo og Julie«
John Neumeiers »Romeo og Julie« viste sig ved repremieren endnu en gang som et af Den Kgl. Ballets stærkeste dramatiske værker.

Man er fuldstændig rystet, allerede når tæppet går ned efter ballettens anden akt. Romeo har netop dræbt sin elskede Julies fætter, Tybalt, som hævn for Tybalts mord på vennen Mercutio. Og forude venter os i tredje akt de to unge elskendes tragiske død for egen hånd.

Det er et svimlende drama. Og selv nu mere end 30 år efter John Neumeier første gang satte sin mesterlige fortolkning af Shakespeares »Romeo og Julie« op med Den Kgl. Ballet, må man konstatere, at det fortsat er et af kompagniets allerstærkeste og smukkest iscenesatte dramatiske værker.


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I've been at the performence the 19th and I've also been "fuldstaendigt rystet". The best choreography I've seen for this ballet. And the dancers were marvellous, especially Julie/Tina Hoejlund and Lady Capulet/Silja Schandorff. I've been with a friend who doesn't know so much about ballet and she asked me at the end when I plan to go for an other ballet!


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Mange tak/Many thanks for posting about the performance! Though I was able to see each cast in rehearsal (though not quite the casts that have performed), I won't be able to see a performance until next year, so it's great to hear about them direct from Denmark!

I agree that Neumeier's version is superb. I've seen the Cranko, MacMillan and RNZB versions, but found Neumeier's production to be wonderfully different and inventive. I'd gotten a bit tired of 'Romeo and Juliet' after seeing a few too many performances of the MacMillan version, some inspring and some not, but this revived my love for the story and it's balletic potential.

Kate


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Casting for the 2006 performances has been releases:

(Edited on Feb. 8 with information on additional performances)

February 5, 2006 3pm and February 7, 15 2006 8pm

Romeo: Mads Blangstrup
Julie: Femke Mølbach Slot

Lord Capulet: Mogens Boesen
Lady Capulet: Gitte Lindstrøm
Benvolio: Tim Matiakis
Mercutio: Thomas Lund
Tybalt: Andrew Bowman
Greve Paris: Nicolai Hansen
Broder Lorenzo: Christian Hammeken
Julies amme: Kirsten Simone

February 18, 20 and 28, 2006 8pm

Romeo: Kristoffer Sakurai
Julie: Tina Højlund

Lord Capulet: Erling Eliasson
Lady Capulet: Silja Schandorff
Benvolio: Marcin Kupinski
Mercutio: Jean-Lucien Massot
Tybalt: Peter Bo Bendixen
Greve Paris: Julien Ringdahl
Broder Lorenzo: Constantine Baecher
Julies amme: Jette Buchwald (Kirsten Simone, Feb 18)

March 1 and 6, 2006 8pm

Romeo: Sebastian Kloborg
Julie: Susanne Grinder

Lord Capulet: Erling Eliasson
Lady Capulet: Silja Schandorff
Benvolio: Marcin Kupinski
Mercutio: Jean-Lucien Massot
Tybalt: Peter Bo Bendixen
Greve Paris: Julien Ringdahl
Broder Lorenzo: Constantine Baecher
Julies amme: Jette Buchwald


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