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Captivating ballet act

2015-06-09 11:49

ROMEO and Juliet, the third production in a season of ballets from the Royal Ballet in London can be seen at Cinema Nouveau Gateway in Umhlanga at 7.30 pm on Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11.

This ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers is set to Sergey Prokofiev’s beautiful music and choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan.

From the outset, the production teems with life and colour as the townspeople, market traders and servants of the rival Montagues and Capulets go about their daily business in vibrant crowd scenes.

But Romeo and Juliet take centre stage for the great pas de deux: the meeting in the ballroom, the balcony scene, the morning after the wedding and the final devastating tomb scene.

Although The Royal Ballet has performed Romeo and Juliet over 400 times, each performance and pairing is subtly different, and Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli are utterly captivating in the title roles.

This performance was captured live from Covent Garden.

The running time is about two hours and 33 minutes, with one 20-minute interval. — Arts Editor.

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