Wednesday, March 02, 2011

ROMEO & JULIET

Tonight we were lucky enough to see the Colorado Ballet's performance of Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet. The performance was outstanding.

I've only heard the Suite form and never seen the entire ballet. It's interesting seeing it the the dance, the way it was intended. They found a lot of humor in it, which I did not expect at all,and it points out how happy the music is.

The dancers were excellent, particularly Juliet. She made even the most difficult moves look completely natural, particularly in the final scenes where she must dance while unconscious. I'm ashamed to admit that I thought of Weekend at Bernie's during this touching sequence. The entire finale was very moving. The orchestra was very good, although the strings needed to tune a little better at the top. The brass and percussion sounded fantastic.

It is a long night though. They started late, and have two long intermissions, so it's three hours. However, see it while you can.
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