Romeo and Juliet at Sadler’s Wells
Everyone has the idea in mind of Romeo and Juliet as a 16th century play: you might find yourself surprised to discover that this performance is entirely unique. In fact, choreographer Krzysztof Pastor has decided to set the three acts in the 20th century, evident in both the costumes and settings: cleverly, a slideshow of modern images and videos of a street in Verona is projected as a background.
The music, composed by the brilliant Sergei Prokofiev, is played with vigour by the orchestra. Sometimes pressing and sometimes calm, it matches perfectly with the ballet and the intensity of the plot.
Tybald and Mercutio fighting is perfectly staged, and incredible in its realism. The famous scene at the balcony is a pleasant surprise in its uniqueness: instead of the traditional balcony, there is a three-walled lift with mirrors inside. The dancing throughout is entirely engaging, the dancers’ talent taking the viewer’s breath away.
Emotional and well-crafted, the Scottish Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet follows the success of 2012’s A Streetcar Named Desire. A sold-out performance with an enthusiastic audience, this performance is absolutely brilliant.
Ludovica Uggeri Photos: Christina Riley
Romeo and Juliet is on at Sadler’s Wells until 17th May 2014, for further information or to book visit here.