Romeo et Juliette
- 2013 02.14~ 02.17
- Opera Theater, Seoul Arts Center
- Above Elementary Schoolchild
- Running time
- 130 min
- Standard price
Post-classic ballet with innovative choreography
In 2000, Korean National Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet” choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot hit South Korea where Russian classic ballet is the mainstream. This repertoire is the very piece that signatures Jean-Christophe Maillot. Le Figaro reviewed that it gives an “intellectual shock from the unique characters and impressive acting.”
Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has been adapted in diverse genres such as theatre, film, and music. It is one of the most beloved classics.
There has been many ballet adaptations since Sergei Prokofiev composed for ballet in 1935. Maillot used this music to create his masterpiece.
His “Romeo and Juliet” is unique in three aspects. First of all, the characters are quite different from the original. It is said that Maillot strongly desired to re-title it as “Juliet and Romeo” because Juliet has a great significance. In his version, Juliet was recreated as a bright and subjective woman unlike the original. Madame Capulet is depicted as a figure who encompasses both motherly and fatherly love. The Friar Lawrence is the leading figure whose recollection progresses the story.
Other characters such as Tybalt and Mercutio also completes the plot.
Secondly, unlike classic ballet, the stage is not realistic but simple and symbolic. The scene in which Romeo murders Tybalt uses intense music but they use slow motion which will remind the audience of films. Pignon-
Ernest who designed the stage expressed vulnerable human psyche through light and emptiness. It is accompanied by Dominique Drillot and Jerome Caplan’s lighting and stage. This trio is a perfect team with
Maillot; they also collaborated for “Cinderalla.”
Lastly, Maillot called this “post-classic” ballet” because he emphasizes acting over technique while the dance is fluidly continued. Erotic and truthful, without mime, Romeo and Juliet’s love is beautifully captured.
The spotlight is on the two lovers rather than the strife of the two families.
All three dozen characters that dance on the stage are unique. Each of the dancers’ technique is presented.
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