Thursday, 15 May 2014

Scottish Ballet's Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, Scottish Ballet, Sadler's Wells - reviewed on 14th May
 
Scottish Ballet seldom tour to London, so it's a shame that the company's current offering to the capital city is such a disappointment.
  
I found Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo and Juliet to be not only narratively weak (the character of Paris is, for example, strangely absent), but with choreography that looks rushed, and a real lack of emotion. When Tybalt dies, Lord Montague's response is a camp imitation of flamenco, and the leading couple's pas de deux are more aggressive than romantic.
 
The mark of a good Romeo and Juliet is whether you feel moved when the title characters die at the end. And unfortunately in this case, I wasn't bothered.

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