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The National Ballet of Canada: Romeo and Juliet

By Julye Huggins

Heading to Ottawa January 31st through February 2nd, The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) will perform Romeo and Juliet at the National Arts Centre. The show will be on in Toronto March 12th through 17th and then heads to England in April.Artistic Director Karen Kain commissioned Alexei Ratmansky, resident choreographer of American Ballet Theatre, to create an all new interpretation of the epic Shakespearean love story. The result is elegant classical ballet vocabulary woven with contemporary nuance. The work is set to Prokofiev’s score and visually echoes Renaissance art and period costumes. The presenter further notes: “Deftly attuned to highlighting the narrative’s dramatic moments and the intimacy of the star-crossed romance, Ratmansky creates a dance drama with electrifying fight sequences and an unforgettable balcony pas-de-deux.” Romeos for this week’s shows include Guillaume Côté, McGee Maddox and Aleksandar Antonijevic, and their Juliets will be Elena Lobsanova, Heather Ogden and Greta Hodgkinson.Last summer CBC filmed a documentary and a series of web exclusive previews called Romeos and Juliets, featuring ten of the company’s dancers as they vied for the lead roles in the show. Check out the video below for the trailer or check the links below to view the full series.Be sure to check out the September 2010 issue of The Dance Current print magazine for an item featuring NBoC principal dancers Guillaume Côté and Heather Ogden.

Romeos and Juliets - documentary

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