Joffrey Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet” leaves a memorable performance

Photo by Cheryl-Mann
Photo by Cheryl-Mann
Photo by Cheryl Mann
Photo by Cheryl Mann

Krzysztof Pastor’s choreography of “Romeo and Juliet” sets high standards for future productions to come. This contemporary depiction of Shakespeare’s classic tale is set in Italy in three different periods but with the same idea – the tragic faith of true love.

Romeo and Juliet are the archetypical tragic forbidden lovers. Their families, friends, gangs, and conflicting religious beliefs force them to conceal the love of their lives. This is a story of parents, children, and grandchildren, and especially of a younger generation that tends to suffer and even die from the mistakes and misfortunes of a previous one.

Joffrey Ballet’s dancing is admirable, graceful and very touching. The most exciting scene is the fight between the Capulets and Montagues that ends in tragic deaths, as well as the beautiful romance scene between Romeo and Juliet. The music is extraordinary and in perfect balance with the mood of each scene.

On May 11, Romeo was passionately and elegantly played by Alberto Velazquez and Juliet was played by Amanda Assucena. The lead roles switched during the different shows.

“Romeo and Juliet”’s ballet performance was written by choreographer Krzystoff Pastor and dramaturge Willem Bruls. Music director is Scott Speck.

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