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