on 21 October 2014
Quite possibly the most exciting new ballet of the past decade, a masterpiece. In retelling the most famous of all love stories, the familiar Prokofiev score has been replaced with music by Tchaikovsky, performed here by the Royal Swedish Orchestra under maestro Alexander Polianichko. As with Mats Ek's previous full length ballet - his highly unconventional Sleeping Beauty - the Royal Swedish Ballet once again proves that it is one of the most accomplished ballet companies in Europe. Special kudos for Ana Laguna (Nurse) and Jerome Marchand (Mercutio). Concerninghe the principal dancers, Mariko Kida as Juliet and Anthony Lumuljo as her Romeo, I doubt that any portrayal (and there have been a great many) of the doomed lovers could ever equal in intensity, poignancy and conviction the performances by Kida and Lumuljo. They are phenomenal. With apologies to the Immortal Bard, "For never was a story of more woe, than that of Mats Ek's Juliet and Romeo."
on 7 February 2015
This is a bit of a cheat. I saw this on SKY ARTS. I had 'taped' it and had taken some time to brace myself to sit down and watch it. Not a 100% fan Ek's work. His "Swan Lake" awful, "Giselle" great. So as it began I was erring towards awful. However, once the father had stopped wasting our time with nonsense stuff to the opening of Piano Concerto No.1 it was truly wonderful. The story telling, the performances, the music were all inspired. A must see and must buy!