Romeo and Juliet. Four Seasons Centre. Toronto, ON. March 11, 2011.
I’ve seen Romeo and Juliet performed so many times, but this is the first time that I saw it in ballet form. The NBC’s rendition, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, is a beautiful and moving adaptation of this classic Shakespearean tale. Watching it in dance form added to the romanticism and tragedy of it all.
It was pure bliss to have seen Guillaume Côté and Elena Lobsanova, the original cast from the 2011 premiere, perform the same roles tonight.
Also, shoutout to Jack Bertinshaw (Mercutio) and Skylar Campbell (Benvolio) for doing an amazing job portraying two of the most important yet underrated characters in this story (Benvolio more so). I should know, I wrote a 3500-word essay dissecting their characters for one of my theatre classes in uni.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the National Ballet had to cancel the remaining performances of Romeo and Juliet. The World Premiere of Karen Kain’s Swan Lake was also cancelled.
Also, this is from my Instagram post on April 2 after the cancellation announcement of the rest of the ballet season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Ballet announced earlier today that the June 2020 world premiere of Karen Kain’s Swan Lake has been postponed to June 2021. I’m sad that we don’t get to close the 19/20 season with an amazing celebration of Karen Kain’s 50th year with the NBC, but I’m looking forward to what the revised 20/21 season is going to be. (I’m calling it the fairytale season because we have Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake on the list.) I feel so fortunate to have seen every single one of the performances this year. This ballet season was nothing short of phenomenal. We’re so lucky that we have one of the world’s best ballet companies just in our backyard. We got to see the the amazing range and talent of our dancers in company classics like Giselle, The Nutcracker, and Romeo & Juliet; very artistic pieces like Chroma (my personal fave), Etudes, and Piano Concerto # 1; the NBC debuts of Chaconne, Petite Mort, and Marguerite & Armand; and world premieres of exciting new ballets Orpheus Alive and Angels’ Atlas. What a season we’ve had! Very well done, @nationalballet! See you in November! 🩰