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REVIEW Moscow City Ballet: Romeo and Juliet - Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Natalia Ryshenko & Viktor Smirnov-Golovanov
The Moscow City Ballet perform Romeo and Juliet with passion, elegance and beauty, matching a powerful score with some powerful dancing.
As a newcomer to ballet I am certainly no expert on technique, but the story telling was wonderful.
Initially unsure about how dancers could convey such complex and plot and characters without dialogue, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to follow.
The fight scenes are excellent with the sword fighting blending with the dancing to create more elegant scenes than one would perhaps imagine. The death scenes which follow are suitably dark and dramatic.
If there is one dancer who perhaps fails to live up to the standards of the other, it is perhaps Daniil Orlov as Romeo. Though his dancing is strong, he seems rather emotionless in the face of the trials which befall him throughout the ballet.
The dances between the eponymous Romeo and Juliet are simply beautiful and the choreography exquisite. The famous balcony scene is particularly lovely, conveying all the eagerness and hope of new-found love.
Juliet, played by Liliya Orekhova, is undoubtedly the star of the show. As the ballet progresses towards it’s climax her performance becomes increasingly tortured. During the last third of the ballet, where she dances alone, her heartbreak is obvious but her grace and elegance remain unchanged.
Among the male dancers Talgat Kozhabaev as Tybalt is particularly good. He is powerfully athletic, yet light footed and perfectly controlled.
Nurse, danced by Lyubov Lysak, provides a few laughs and light hearted relief and her characterisation is very good.
Moscow City Ballet are performing at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley until January 26 and are touring the country until March.