Bruce Wall Posted April 17, 2013 Share Posted April 17, 2013 (edited) WOW! WOW! WOW! .... and more WOW! WOW! WOW! What a TREAT it is to see (i) a production that employs ALL the music FOR DANCE (ii) to TELL THE STORY - which this production does MIRACULOUSLY well. (What a relief to have the banishment made clear - much as Ashton does - thus making sense of the urgency necessary for the last balletic act.) What a TREAT to see a production (iii) built for an ENTIRE COMPANY and (iv) to see it danced SO JOYOUSLY - as opposed, say, to a concentration on but a few well versed principals. What a TREAT to see a production that (v) you feel confident respects women - ALL WOMEN - within the community depicted. What a treat to see a production (vi) so wonderfully lit as this is (and I use the word in the sense of light!) so that you really honour ALL of the truly wonderful details. What a TREAT to see a production (vii) where the vibrant design (both in scenery and costumes) makes you feel refreshed and is not over cluttered nor ever too heavy. In short, WHAT A TREAT. ALL I CAN SAY IS 'GO' .... GO! GO! GO! ... YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED ... THIS IS A COMPANY BALLET FOR A FINE COMPANY ... AND IT WON'T MATTER IN THE MAJORITY I THINK AS TO WHO THE PRINCIPALS ARE. THE WHOLE HERE IS, I'M CERTAIN, MORE THAN JUST THE SUM OF ITS PARTS. Perhaps that is the Canadian way ... much as at one time it was hailed as being the 'British' one. But then Miss Franca knew that as did her friend Erik Bruhn. On the bus coming back I immediately purchased a ticket for the three more performances of this production I could possibly squeeze into my diary this week. (Anyone want a ticket for La Bayadere on the Sat. Mat ... Now I have a reason NOT to go .. and not just because Alina won't be dancing this time either!!! Now I have a huge smile on my face and in my heart!!! Did I say that I found this ROMEO & JULIET a TOTAL TREAT!!!! ... WELL, I DID!!!) In all the accolades that I'm certain will be heaved with justification upon this production, I would like to pay a SPECIAL TRIBUTE to someone who I fear might otherwise be overlooked in the British press. I want to honour the GLORY THAT IS KAREN KAIN for having brought this production and its wonderful creatives together. I ALWAYS KNEW YOU WERE A GENIUS, KAREN ... YOU GO ON EVEN NOW ASTONISHING EVERYONE IN SIGHT THROUGH THE GENIUS OF YOUR OWN INSIGHTFUL LARGESS, ONE THAT IS NOW - AS IT ALWAYS WAS - ROOTED IN YOUR OWN STUNNING SENSE OF DETAIL. YOU ARE NOW - AS YOU EVER WERE - A ROLE MODEL TO SO, SO MANY OTHERS. Of one thing I am ABSOLUTELY certain: Celia Franca is looking down tonight from the heavens; down UPON the home of her own beginnings and, you know, Karen, RIGHT NOW, dear Miss Franca's smiling in triumph. That's YOUR gift to US as much as to HER. BLESS YOU! BLESS YOU BIG TIME, KAREN. YOU and ALL CANADIANS have every reason to be proud. YOU DONE BRILLIANT GIRL!!! Please ... PLEASE ... DON'T LET IT BE 26 MORE YEARS BEFORE YOU AND YOUR GLORIOUS COMPANY RETURN TO LONDON!! Edited April 17, 2013 by Meunier 7 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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