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sylvia

27-04-02, 00:23 AM (GMT)
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"Romeo & Juliet"
 
   LAST EDITED ON 27-04-02 AT 00:27 AM (GMT)

Did anyone go for Darcey and Roberto? Hoping to hear about it!

In the meantime there are some really beautiful photos of Tamara and Massimo Murru in R&J, presumably from the rehearsal on Thursday.

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Ok, I'm excited now! How will I wait until Tuesday?!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Romeo & Juliet PhilipBadmin 27-04-02 1
     RE: Romeo & Juliet Susy 28-04-02 2
         RE: Romeo & Juliet sylvia 10-05-02 3
             RE: Romeo & Juliet Wendy Glavis 10-05-02 4
             RE: Romeo & Juliet Jane S 12-05-02 5
                 RE: Romeo & Juliet alison 17-05-02 6
                     RE: Romeo & Juliet sylvia 19-05-02 7
                         RE: Romeo & Juliet alison 22-05-02 8
                         RE: Romeo & Juliet alison 22-05-02 9
                             RE: Romeo & Juliet sylvia 22-05-02 10

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PhilipBadmin

27-04-02, 09:16 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Romeo & Juliet"
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   >
Ok, I'm excited now! How will I wait until Tuesday?!
<
Ah, my innovative plan to solve this problem involves also going on Monday...
cunning, eh?


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Susy

28-04-02, 10:25 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Romeo & Juliet"
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   I'm just back home after my holiday in London and curious to read reviews on the opening night, but I found none. I saw both Jann Parry and Judith Mackrell in the audience but maybe they are waiting to see other casts before writing something. I didn't prepare any review myself, so these lines are simply my sensations on the performance. I apologize if my words don't fully describe what happened, but I was standing in the Royal Box and from there I could see only a section of the stage, unluckily.
It was the third time I saw Darcey Bussell and Roberto Bolle dancing together. The first time was "Les rendez-vous" and it was a too short piece with a too thin story to evaluate the partnership. The second time was "Swan lake" and I didn't like the production. So I was wondering if R&J was going to be the last chance to develop something meaningful and outstanding.
I'm not so fond of MacMillan's choreography (I prefer Nureyev's one) and moreover I had often read complaints about Darcey lacking in artistry. Well, the great discover for me was Darcey's Juliet, technically perfect and dramatically convincing. Everything was smooth and beautiful, nothing stained a superb performance. In the pdds her body seemed to be one with Roberto's. Never before I saw him so confident on the ROH stage.
Cervera's Mercutio seemed to me a little bit too similar to Benvolio's character. The other soloists and members of cdb were dancing with great enthusiasm. Yes, a magical evening to cherish.


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sylvia

10-05-02, 04:03 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Romeo & Juliet"
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   LAST EDITED ON 10-05-02 AT 10:38 AM (GMT)

A wonderful evening! I'm really surprised as I expected Darcey Bussell and Roberto Bolle to be the least strongest Romeo and Juliet. But tonight was just exceptional. Both Darcey and Roberto are both beautiful, beautiful dancers. Every step, every light jump in Act I was immaculate and done with so much joy. Darcey, I thought, had what I hadn't seen in others - her Juliet is as youthful as Alina Cojocaru's, but carries the additional weight of burgeoning sensuality as well as an innocence that barely realises it. Roberto was sweetly boyish and matched her joie de vivre step for step. They are so well matched, and have such chemistry! Of course it doesn't hurt that they are so gorgeous, the best looking pairing of them all! What's so immediately apparent is the romance of it all. Their eagerness to be together, the giddiness of first love completely swept me away in their first ballroom pdd. Darcey's arms and her lines in this were so incredibly lovely. I actually found it even more touching than the balcony one where the timing seemed a little strange at the start - I've yet to see a balcony scene this season that completely sweeps me away.

Act III's bedroom pdd was breathtaking and here their acting really came alive. And as passionate as they were, they never stopped being the young boy and girl and I really felt for the first time the effect of robbed youth and love. The cold fear on Darcey's face when she turns to discover Romeo's dead body is unforgettable. I couldn't help but notice that after a good cry, when she laid Roberto down again she made sure his arm was conveniently placed next to the mausoleum - that's experience for ya! No desperate scrabbling a la Alina and Sylvie!

It's so hard to compare the cast with the others when I've been watching R&J from all over the House, but tonight was definitely the most enjoyable R&J for me, and probably one of my favourite performances ever. I can't say enough how very, very romantic it all was. <big sigh>


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Wendy Glavis

10-05-02, 01:21 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Romeo & Juliet"
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   Yes, last night was definitely a WOW!

Darcey and Roberto were fabulous (can't understand why the critics didn't like him): beautiful dancing, beautiful acting from both.

Once again, I am in a complete daze.


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Jane S

12-05-02, 09:25 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Romeo & Juliet"
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   I saw it rather differently, I'm afraid - I was interested in Bussell's Juliet but disappointed by Bolle, who I thought was dramatically rather blank. Martin Harvey's Mercution was much better than when I saw him with Cojocaru/Kobborg, especially in his solo in ballroom scene where he'd abandoned his over-cautiousness and really went for it.


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alison

17-05-02, 05:47 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Romeo & Juliet"
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   Precisely what I thought when I saw Bolle at the RAH, which is why I didn't book for that cast.


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sylvia

19-05-02, 11:01 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Romeo & Juliet"
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   I'm nearly out of words to say, I've written so much on R&J! Just wanted to mention what a tremendously gifted dancer/actress we have in Tamara Rojo. Her Juliet was by the far the best IMO. In her first scenes she was so bright, with so much personality she made every dancer before her seem bland and conventional in comparison. There were so many individual touches - little gestures especially in Act I. Her indicating how "tired" she was to Paris was so charmingly done! Tamara creates such beautiful shapes her body, it's like you could take a snapshot at any moment and it would be a work of art. The way she raised her arms and silently screamed in her grief in finding Romeo dead was the most heartbreaking I've seen. It's so interesting to see how very differently each dancer does this scene.

A bit disappointing that Massimo Murru wasn't quite her match. He's a lovely dancer, but not a striking actor. He didn't really register from my seat the way Tamara did. Or maybe she was so expressive (I've mentioned before she emotes right to the back of the amphi) she completely outshone him. In their pdd I noticed only her (and it's usually easy for me to watch both). Disappointing also because he was brought in at the last minute I'd rather have seen someone from within the company have a go.

So a great evening, soley due to Tamara's performance. Have to say, in terms of overall enjoyment I still rate Darcey and Roberto's last week as the best!

Incidentally there were cameras abound in the auditorium, rehearsing I suppose for the live relay of Guillem & Cope's R&J next week (into the Piazza and Victoria Park). Guillem was watching R&J next to one of the cameras. Maybe she wanted a little input into camera angles for next week's live relay!


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alison

22-05-02, 01:29 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Romeo & Juliet"
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   I second your thoughts on the performance, Sylvia. Sitting half-a-dozen rows further back in the amphi than for the Kobborg/Cojocaru performance, I got a lot more out of Tamara's performance (but not Murru's - expect he needs to get more used to the venue). And I wasn't at all aware of time dragging in the 3rd act - in fact, it seemed to go by in a flash. I went with an ex-professional dancer, now teaching, and the two people she picked out as standing out above everyone else were Rojo and Edward Watson as Benvolio (nice to have my own feelings confirmed!).


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alison

22-05-02, 01:29 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Romeo & Juliet"
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   I second your thoughts on the performance, Sylvia. Sitting half-a-dozen rows further back in the amphi than for the Kobborg/Cojocaru performance, I got a lot more out of Tamara's performance (but not Murru's - expect he needs to get more used to the venue). And I wasn't at all aware of time dragging in the 3rd act - in fact, it seemed to go by in a flash. I went with an ex-professional dancer, now teaching, and the two people she picked out as standing out above everyone else were Rojo and Edward Watson as Benvolio (nice to have my own feelings confirmed!).


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sylvia

22-05-02, 08:13 PM (GMT)
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   I thought Edward Watson was a stand out too - I spent most of the market scenes watching him rather than Romeo or Mercutio!


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