"Romeo and Juliet"
The National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
November 25, 2015
by Denise Sum
copyright © by Denise Sum 2015
Following a run of Christopher Wheeldon's "The Winter's Tale", the National Ballet of Canada is continuing with the Shakespearean theme by presenting Alexei Ratmansky's "Romeo and Juliet". This production premiered in 2011 and has been brought back to the Four Seasons Centre stage almost annually since. In addition, the company has toured with this "Romeo and Juliet" to England and the US. The ballet is looking stronger and more cohesive with each viewing. It is a complex work with many choreographic layers, which perhaps take time to reveal themselves to viewers. The dancers seem to be really delving into the roles as well, making for even more powerful, nuanced interpretations as they have time to explore different approaches. There were a number of standout performances on opening night, making this timeless tale really come to life.
Guillaume Côté and Elena Lobsanova in "Romeo and Juliet". Photo © Bruce Zinger.