Monday, June 22, 2015

Balletomania: Another Romeo and Juliet

Julie Kent's retirement Romeo and Juliet performance (Saturday evening 6/20) notes:

-Kent was a tiny bit weaker in the balcony scene, but really shone in the third act.  I really liked her portrayal  in the bedroom scene, especially the way she looked dead when dancing with Paris...it was nice foreshadowing.  And her death scene was really emotional.  I felt she filled the music in this scene better than Murphy, and I liked how she kissed Romeo before dying.  I could see how her technique is no longer what it once was (some things in the choreography seemed simplified), but she was still a very effective and beautiful Juliet.

-Robert Bolle danced Romeo very well and was a very good partner, but his characterization wasn't so full.  I felt like he wasn't so boyish, and it felt more generic.

-Herman Cornejo danced Mercutio amazingly.  That was some bravura!  His death scene was a bit more subtle, but still effective.  I liked Arron Scott's death scene better, but Cornejo was stronger over all.

-Blaine Hoven as Benvolio sort of got lost in the mix because of the level of the two leads, so the camaraderie aspect of the guys wasn't so palpable this time around.

-Of course the curtain call for Kent was amazing.  A million flowers, confetti, thunderous applause.  It was very cute when her children gave her flowers.  Another memorable evening.

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