Romeo and Juliet: The Ballet - A Sneak Preview

Image taken from Singapore Dance Theatre


Arguably one of the most famous plays written by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet tells the story of 2 young, star-crossed lovers entwined in a forbidden love. [Remember those days in secondary school?] And what better way to express such an emotional story than by playing it out in a heart-felt ballet?


Singapore Dance Theatre will be presenting a ballet rendition of Romeo and Juliet, from 13 March to 16 March 2014, at the Esplanade Theatre! With choreography from the award winning Goh Choo San, and a powerful musical score by Sergei Prokofiev, this ballet is definitely one not to be missed.

Tickets are available now at sistic.com.sg, at $30, $50 and $70!


The good people at Singapore Dance Theatre invited me to the in-studio preview of Romeo and Juliet at the Singapore Dance Theatre at Bugis+ on 1st of March.




Coming from a more street dance background, honestly I wasn't sure what to expect. But at the end of the 1 hour preview, I was both awed and amazed by both the dancers as well as the entire show. Step in with me to the Founder's Studio and catch a glimpse of the classical love story.





The preview started off with the artistic director, Mr Janek Schergen, explaining the brief history and outline of the story to us. You could really tell how passionate he was about ballet and the entire show in general.





Introducing the cast of Romeo and Juliet...





As well as a preview of some of the amazing costumes that were designed specially for the show...


The quality and intricate details of the costumes were amazing


And before we knew it, the show had already begun!
This adaptation of the story introduces an invisible character called "Fate", who has a hand in many of the events that unfold throughout the story...


Beautiful and undeniable, as what we would expect from Fate



Apart from the amazing costumes, there were also many props that were brought in to enhance the entire performance...


A scene from a busy marketplace


And of course, not forgetting our talented dancers...



I'm always amazed at how ballet dancers can leap 20 feet in the air [okay, maybe a little exaggeration there], maintain their lines and postures, and yet make it look so easy.


Oh, and did I mention that the dancers actually had to take fencing classes so that they could use these real fencing swords? Yup, those are actual, real fencing swords that could really hurt someone if not used correctly.






And of course, what would a ballet be without a lovely duet by Romeo and Juliet...








And in case you're wondering, yes, there is even a bedroom scene. [Don't worry, it's still a PG rating]




And as "Fate" would have it, we were left wanting more at the end of the preview...



The amazing thing about this ballet is that there is a lot of storytelling [through the scenes and the dance] happening throughout the entire performance. So even if you are a person who does not really know how to appreciate the art of ballet, you will still be able to follow and enjoy the story without getting lost in translation.


Also, the talented dancers exude lots of emotion in both their dance as well as in their facial expressions and physical actions. [Just look at the hug above and try to tell me that they don't look like lovers having to part] This was also one of the elements of the performance that impressed me the most. Every smile, frown, laugh and tear in the performance was so believable that you actually get pulled in deeper into the story, and at times you can actually feel their joy and pain too.


The preview only consists of snippets of the actual performance and did not include most of the costumes and props, and yet it was already so enjoyable. Can you imagine what the actual show would be like with full costumes and props?





I can't wait. Remember to get your tickets at sistic.com.sg quick! Performance dates are on the 13 to 16 March 2014 at the Esplanade Theatre. [That's this weekend humans!]

See you there humans!




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