Just a quick review I would be interested to hear your thoughts.
I was dissapointed last night at the first performance of R&J at Wimbledon. Although I was pleased to see how well sold the show was for a tuesday night. Wimbledon is a hard theatre to fill for ballet at the best of times. This is probably one of NBTs best productions, but last night it just looked as though the dancers were going through the motions. I have seen this ballet with the original cast and I am very aware of how great a production it can be, but last nights principals looked as though they had just got out of school. There was no emotional depth and they made mistakes that no professional dancer should make. Although Lady Capulet (Noi Tolmer) was excellent. She held her part all the way through, and her reaction to Tybalt was tremendous, you felt for her more than at the lovers death. What was also interesting was her reaction to seeing Juliet lying dead in her bedroom, extremely thought provoking. She is a strong dynamic dancer who has a great presence on stage. Why wasnt she Juliet?
Having said that I am sure under better principals the show is excellent. Rumour has it that Charlotte Broom who is currently dancing with Cullberg Ballet, is returning to dance some performances. Deffinitely worth seeing.
The sets for this production by Lez Brotherston are very affective and frame the story well however on this stage they sometimes looked twee, the lighting is not so effective. Wimbledon is not a huge stage and at times the dancing did look cramped. However they still are going strong and there is a good company identity. Just a shame the principals cant carry the show. However it was well received and it would be good to see them back at Wimbledon.