The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia – Romeo & Juliet

Produced by Raymond Gubbay, The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia and their adaption of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet made its one off debut at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

This timeless tragedy, tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers that are encompassed in a family feud that prevents them from being together and results in sorrow, heartbreak and devastation. The production had twists and turns throughout, both in the dancing, as well as the narrative.

The music by Sergei Prokofiev provided the perfect accompaniment to the the movement and the story, rising and falling in peaks to match the plot. Although, at times, it may of benefitted from being slightly louder to have that reaching impact to everyone in the audience, the live Russian State Ballet Orchestra was a nice addition.

Act one had a slightly slower start, but provided the necessary character introductions and story context for the audience to follow. The pace picked up in the masquerade ball, which was incredibly well choreographed and gripping, showing the highly anticipated and exciting first meet of Romeo and Juliet. Act two was more fast paced, engaging and thrilling. Comprising of duels, a secret marriage, and of course, tragedy. The audience experience even more passion, emotional turmoil and sorrow, told through breathtaking dancing, which was executed to perfection. The show concluded with a catastrophic ending, and that in true Shakespearean style, exemplifies the tragedy and defeat for our star-crossed lovers.

As expected, each of the dancers were highly skilled and incredible dancers, gliding across the stage effortlessly. It would be difficult to find fault with anything in regards to the dance, the level of precision and timing was impeccable.

Principle dancers, Georgii Bolsunovskii and Natalia Bobrova as leading characters Romeo and Juliet, stole the show and also the audiences heart. They demonstrated a true and believable connection, flowing and gliding across the stage as one and in unison. Natalia perfectly personified the youthful innocence of besotted Juliet and Georgii hypnotised the audience with his strong stature and physique through complicated lifts and turns, demonstrating how much of a powerful dancer he really is and showing that they really were prepared to go leaps and bounds to be together.

The costumes were particular notable throughout, elegant and graceful, allowing the dancers to move freely across the stage. The colour difference in the costumes between the Capulets and the Montague’s ensured the clear distinction for the audience, and it is probably the first time that the red and blue discord takes another meaning in the city of Liverpool. The costumes were even more interesting and dynamic act two, with the unnerving masked figures of death, dressed in black and the striking headdress worn by Lady Capulet further enhancing her power and stature. Whilst Juliet wearing purple represented an amalgamation of both sides, the red and the blue, which was another clever decision from set and consume designer, Dimitry Tcherbadzhi.

Overall, the production was dynamic and engaging, whilst the dancers demonstrated outstanding physical ability. This genre of performance may be a required taste, but was enjoyable and compelling nevertheless.

The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia will be at the Liverpool Empire – Tuesday 15th February and Wednesday 16th February showcasing even more spectacular ballet in their adaptions of acing Maiden and Swan Lake.

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4 Stars.

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Laura has a Masters in Performance from Liverpool Hope University.

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