Romeo et Juliette in Seattle

Lucien Postlewaite and me in the balcony Pas de Deux

Last week PNB opened its 2009/2010 Season with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo version of Romeo et Juliette, choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot. I think it was a perfect opener to the Season. The company looked so wonderful in all four shows last weekend. It is inspiring to see all the dancers so devoted to their roles. It felt to me that people were not just performing yet another Romeo and Juliet, but instead the dancers became the characters. And I believe the energy was felt not just onstage but also in the audience. People that I know that came to the ballet felt so moved and touched by the entire production.

For me the opening of the season was emotional in many levels. First, it was my premiere in the role of Juliet. Second, this version is so dramatic and intense that by the end I felt like I had merged with the character and I couldn’t help but feel upset, angry, sad and at the same time wired and happy; it was the most disoriented I’ve ever been after a performance. And at last, I was supposed to perform Juliette in the beginning of last year, but because of a back injury I had to cancel my shows two weeks before opening night. So in a way I have been dreaming about this character for the past 18 months, and getting a chance to finally perform Romeo et Juliette was overwhelming! But all these emotions are a good thing: it means that hard times do pass and that dreams can turn into reality. And that dance can be so powerful it can change an artist forever.

For those that are in Seattle and that have not seen the production yet, I would really advice that you don’t miss this one. We have only 5 shows left starting tomorrow and ending this Sunday, Oct 4th. You can find more information on our website, www.pnb.org. And also you can check out new videos for the season on PNB’s you tube channel. Here is a taste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnCCGCUFjco

Finally, I will leave you with these beautiful pictures Angela Sterling took of Lucien Postlewaite and me during a studio rehearsal/photo shoot for R&J.

And one more thing, I have never finished a post like this before (it feels like the Oscars or something!) but I really would like to thank Lucien for been such and amazing partner and friend through this process; thank Peter for bringing this version back so soon and thank everyone else that have been working so hard to make this production a success!! And of coarse, thank you Angela for the beautiful photos

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Comments


  1. bill

    Beautiful post. Thank you.

    Oct 01, 2009 @ 12:27


  2. jolene

    I’ll be flying up from California just to see this production! I’ll be in the house on Saturday night. Merde - I’ll see you onstage!

    Oct 01, 2009 @ 15:43

  3. carla
    carla

    That is so great Jolene! Thank you for doing that. I do think you will have an special experience.
    Enjoy the show!

    And thank you Bill for your comment!

    Oct 01, 2009 @ 16:40


  4. Philip

    Wonderful story and magnificent photos…thanks for posting! Still missing you here in NYC, Carla…

    Oct 01, 2009 @ 16:50

  5. carla
    carla

    Hi Philip,
    Thank you. I do miss my NY friends and dancing for so many people that supported me through my 9 years there.
    But, PNB is coming to the Big Apple in January. We will be performing at the Joyce from January 5th - 10th. Hope you will be in town and can come to the shows!
    Take care!

    Oct 01, 2009 @ 17:05


  6. Philip

    Yes, I have the PNB dates at the Joyce all circled in red on my calendar!

    Oct 01, 2009 @ 17:15


  7. Susan

    What a lovely posting (both the narrative and the photos). Thank you for sharing!

    Oct 02, 2009 @ 01:21

  8. carla
    carla

    That is great Philip! See you there!

    And thanks Susan for the note. I am glad I get to share this moments with all of you.

    Oct 02, 2009 @ 06:22


  9. Mary-Margaret

    gorgeous photos!

    Oct 02, 2009 @ 13:04


  10. David

    I saw the production Friday night, opening weekend. You were a fantastic Juliet and it was an amazing production!

    Oct 02, 2009 @ 21:38


  11. SandyM

    Thanks for the post — so authentic, much like these performances of R&J. I saw you at the dress (I was with KathleenH). The most moving moment for me that night (among many) was when the curtain rose again for bows with just you and Lucien on stage. You literally did not know what to do with yourself. You were so drained, so disoriented (as you describe above) — like you had a foot in 2 worlds and couldn’t decide which was the “real” you. I will be seeing you tonite in a “real” performance. You and Lucien will take me back 50 years to when I might have fallen so passionately as R&J (yes, I have my memories ). This piece is in my blood. I go again tomorrow night for my 9th performance of this piece by PNB over the last 2 years. As you say, the entire cast is so dedicated, so willing to be vulnerable, and such great performers. Any of you out there who might be reading this….beg, borrow, steal, panhandle, do what you must to see this remarkable artistic event.

    Oct 02, 2009 @ 22:29


  12. Jayne

    Took my mom on Thursday night (it was her birthday!) and we loved it.

    Woke up this morning (Friday) to learn Rio will host the Olympics. I hope you get to dance in the opening ceremonies!!!

    Oct 03, 2009 @ 04:46


  13. Mimí

    I’m so proud of you Carlinha, I wish I could be there to see you, performing an amazing Juliet. Soy tu fan número 1!!! Mucha merd, y no pierdas esta pasión con la que narrás y sentis tu historia.

    Oct 03, 2009 @ 17:07

  14. carla
    carla

    SandyM,
    thank you so much for coming to watch us dance so many times. For this production you almost have to do that in order to take in everythig that is happening on the stage, since there is so many details.
    I had no idea I was going to feel so sad after finishing dress rehearsal. I thought I was just going to get used to the stage to get ready for the show. Then next thing I know I am fully performing the piece and when it ended I felt so angry and sad, it surprided me. Then yes, I didn’t know what do to when the curtain went up again.
    Gald to share that moment with you and so many others that were there.
    ————-
    Miriam!!!
    Gracias por passares por aqui. Mais dois shows e depois nao mais Juliet…
    me encanto tu apartamento novo!! Congrats!

    Oct 03, 2009 @ 23:24


  15. Vitcha

    Ca!!!
    Parabéns!
    Queria muito poder assisti-la!
    Pelas fotos e pelo video já dá para imaginar como foi lindo!
    beijão

    Oct 04, 2009 @ 16:27


  16. Erin

    Carla,

    You are amazing….I have never been so moved. Your performance was just beautiful. I came back to see you and Lucien three times. I am a former student at PNB and former dancer at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and I have really never seen anything like the shows. Thank you!

    Oct 05, 2009 @ 20:21


  17. Brent

    Loved Saturday evening’s performance *so* much. Last year’s performance was a revelation - the company set the bar amazingly high - but this year was just as wonderful. You really made the role your own. One of the things I love about being a subscriber is getting the chance to see what different performers bring to the role, and it was such a treat to see two brilliant interpretations of Juliette (yours and Noe’s) and of Romeo (from Lucien and James). And I can’t seem to imagine anyone other than Karel as the Friar - he owns that role. :)

    Well done!

    Oct 05, 2009 @ 22:51

  18. carla
    carla

    Vitcha!! Que bom te ver aqui no Winger!! Valeu pelo recado! Espero que estejes bem, beijos.

    Erin, thank you so much for your message. I have never been so moved onstage also. The combination of the music and choreography and the way I got to iteract with Lucien and Friar Laurance (Olivier and Karel) was so emotional and powerful.
    Thank you for coming back so many times and sharing this experience with us!
    take care.

    Oct 06, 2009 @ 19:27


  19. SandyM

    “…the way I got to interact with Lucien and Friar Laurance (Olivier and Karel”

    Carla, you might find this interesting. As you know I’ve seen this R&J many times. Like most folks, I suppose, my favorite dance sequence was the balcony scene at the end of Act I. But as I saw the ballet more and more, I have come to the place where my favorite dance sequence is Juliette’s “potion” dance with Friar Larwence. Particularly what you and Olivier created in that section is one of the most powerful dnace moments I’ve ever seen. IMHO, you are THE Juliette for this “potion scene”.

    Oct 07, 2009 @ 16:33

  20. carla
    carla

    SandyM,

    That is actually a very dear part to me too. And is John’s (my boyfriend) favorite part also. So it is not surprising to me that you feel these way.
    Something about the choreography and the lighting is just so mysterious. As a dancer it feels almost scary, and it made me feel like I was really going crazy, going in and out of this world.

    Thank you for bringing this up.

    carla-

    Oct 09, 2009 @ 22:22


  21. Adriano

    Carla, sou fã do teu trabalho. És um orgulho para nós porto-alegrenses. Atualize-nos mais.

    Aug 03, 2011 @ 18:11

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