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Romeo & Juliet [DVD] [Import]
This 1992 Opera de Lyon production of Sergei Prokofiev's masterly dance adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal tragedy about two "star-cross'd lovers" will shock anyone who expects a conventional treatment of one of ballet's most durable classics. Avant-garde choreographer Angelin Preljocaj sets the work not in Verona, Italy, but in an unnamed, vaguely familiar totalitarian state--the stage is taken up by mostly sterile, gray prison walls. Preljocaj's choreography is innovative, his dancers, especially the leads, Pascale Doye (Juliette) and Nicholas Dufloux (Romeo), are flawless, and Kent Nagano leads the Orchestre de l'Opera de Lyon in a shimmering account of excerpts from Prokofiev's score. That's a warning: at 85 minutes, this production barely covers half of Prokofiev's music, showing off Preljocaj's genius at the expense of the composer. It's worth a look if you're on the prowl for something different, but what's onstage is defiantly not Prokofiev's ballet. --Kevin Filipski
Let's look at the "Balcony Scene" as an example. If you've ever seen a production of the original Kenneth MacMillan choreography, you'll remember the soaring lifts and sense of giddy abandonment that accompanies Prokofiev's exquisite score. Don't look for that here. The scene starts as Romeo slits an armed guard's throat on a catwalk. Juliet sheds her oversized white shirt to reveal what looks like bike shorts and an elongated corset with bizarrely accented nipples (?!) as Romeo enters. The music takes flight but our lovers remain obstinately earthbound, groveling, stomping, and flailing in a pas de deux that more often resembles a violent rape than the tender meeting of smitten young lovers. In one repeated motif, Romeo tries to fling Juliet's limp arms around his neck several times, only to have them drop bonelessly down again. The Kirov this is not.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I've never liked modern dance to begin with, and this production did nothing to change my mind. The dancers aren't BAD, mind you; watch for some stunning feats of agility and strength. In her first entrance, Pascale Doye (Juliet) performs a forward bend into arabesque and rises slowly onto half-toe, then does several passes before moving into an agonizingly slow developpe a la seconde, again rising to half-toe with nary a wobble. (Also, watch for the German shepherd later in the ballet.) It's just that this production is murky and cold, and it's hard to tell what's going on at times. Still, if you enjoy avant-garde choreography you might want to give this one a look. But if you don't, steer clear.
The technical aspects of this DVD are very good. Very clean picture and clear audio
combine with camera work that doesn't call attention to itself make for a very
There is a small amount of music added to the Prokofiev score. I have no problem with this. I do regret the serious cuts in the glorious music of Prokofiev so I have to deduct a star.
The choreography is by Angelin Preljocaj. Ballet Preljocaj passed thru recently on
their North American tour. I saw Blanche Neige (Snow White). I bought the DVD also.
I strongly recommend Blanche Neige. Why doesn't Amazon US have it?
This is a powerfully moving and beautiful ballet, and very creative. This Preljocaj: he's a genius as far as I can discern. If you view this DVD with an open mind, you will find your open-mindedness hugely rewarded. Highly recommended.