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Sonia

02-03-01, 00:45 AM (GMT)
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"Romeo and Juliet march 1st."
 
   This eveng I was utterly spellbound by Cojocaru and Kobborg as Romeo and Juliet, the best partneship I have seen for a long time, they were truly believable, so in love, Kobborg besides being a beautiful classical dancer, danced Romeo with such Passion, and Cojocaru a wonderful YOUNG fragile Juliet, and so in love.
Essakov, Cervera and Heydon were marvellous, so much better than the other casts that I have seen, the contrasts worked well, and what an evil Tybalt.
I think for me the best performance of 2001 to date.

In answer to Jim you should see Paris Opera Ballet dance Le Parc with Guerin and Hilaire, they set the stage on fire, but one can not call ballet pornography, it is the most beautiful expressive performing art, one can think the worse, and find sexuality in all aspects of the arts, maybe its in the mind more than the art.


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  RE: Romeo and Juliet march 1st. Annabel 02-03-01 1
  RE: Romeo and Juliet march 1st. Claire S 02-03-01 2
     RE: Romeo and Juliet march 1st. Lizzy 02-03-01 3
     RE: Romeo and Juliet march 1st. alison 06-03-01 4

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Annabel

02-03-01, 03:03 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Romeo and Juliet march 1st."
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   Oh i wished i watched that..........would it be possible to give a fuller review?..since i enjoyed reading yours so very much.


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Claire S

02-03-01, 05:16 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Romeo and Juliet march 1st."
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   Sonja - you took the words right out of my mouth! What a wonderful evening.

I had a ticket for the 17th february matinee but couldn't go, and all I get in exchange for last night was a back-of-amphitheatre seat but it was still one of the best evenings I have had at Covent Garden for a long time.

The new designs look good, the orchestra didn't have its best night but the dancing was sublime. I agree that Kobborg and Cojocaru made a wonderful partnership - I can't wait for their Giselle in May. Kobborg is a fine dancer but his acting since he joined RB has been a revelation. How I wished we'd seen him in La Fille Mal Gardee. He was the perfect Romeo. As far as I know it is his first MacMillan role but on the evidence of last night he'd be well suited to the other MacMillan agonised heroes (Des Grieux, Vershinin etc)as well.

Cojocaru was entirely convincing as Juliet - she's so young and slight yet so gifted. It's hard to believe she was in the corps just a few months ago - I've been lucky enough to see her in quite a few leading roles such as Masquerade and I would love to see her in more.

The supporting cast was in fine fettle, too. It reminded me how much I like Riccardo Cervera - his Lescaut was wonderful last year and his Mercutio was the best I've seen yet.

All in all, a terrific evening. When the tears are flowing in rows S and T of the amphitheatre you know something good is happening. While the established stars are always worth seeing there's something very exciting about watching new young stars on the cusp of a brilliant career. I'm sure Cojocaru will be around for a long time and I hope Kobborg isn't tempted away - in my opinion he's the best the Roayl has at the moment!


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Lizzy

02-03-01, 09:51 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Romeo and Juliet march 1st."
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   ...sounds wonderful! more reviews! please please!!


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alison

06-03-01, 01:24 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Romeo and Juliet march 1st."
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   >Kobborg is a fine dancer
>but his acting since he
>joined RB has been a
>revelation.

Definitely. I didn't see this performance, but I did his debut, and as I indicated at the time I was hugely impressed by his acting, particularly after Mercutio's death. Emotions very clearly portrayed, and the last time I saw anyone putting such grief, anger and despair (and effort!) into the fight with Tybalt (Luke Heydon, wasn't it?) would have been Patrick Armand (ably matched by Kevin Richmond) in ENB's Ashton version some years ago. (Kevin claims to still have the scars - I hope Luke didn't go quite that far!)

How I wished we'd
>seen him in La Fille
>Mal Gardee.

Yes, a definite loss there.
>
>Cojocaru was entirely convincing as Juliet
>- she's so young and
>slight yet so gifted. It's
>hard to believe she was
>in the corps just a
>few months ago -

Don't forget she had already danced a number of principal roles with Kiev, though.
>
I'm sure
>Cojocaru will be around for
>a long time and I
>hope Kobborg isn't tempted away
>- in my opinion he's
>the best the Roayl has
>at the moment!

Again, definitely (at least on the male side) by a mile or two, I think!


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