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Lark Reviews, May 2020

PROKOFIEV, S.: Romeo and Juliet [Ballet] (Ural Opera Ballet, 2019) (NTSC) BAC180
PROKOFIEV, S.: Romeo and Juliet [Ballet] (Ural Opera Ballet, 2019) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) BAC580

I have got so used to Kenneth Macmillan’s splendid version for the Royal Ballet that it comes as something of a shock to engage with an approach which is so vibrant and yet so different. The Ural Opera Ballet bring a sense of youth and vitality, together with Vyacheslav Samadurov’s fluid and yet always virile choreography, creating a world which is totally convincing. One never feels the dance is simply padding or marking the time before the next dramatic moment. Characterisation is very strong with Igor Bulytsyn a rumbustious Mercutio alongside Alexandr Merkushev’s boyishly naïve Romeo and Ekaterina Sapagova’s Juliet just on the cusp of womanhood. This, together with fine playing under Pavel Klinichev, makes for a most effective and moving interpretation. © 2020 Lark Reviews

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