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Published date: July 7, 2019
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Young Critics Review 2019 – Ballet Cymru “Romeo and Juliet” (by Sophie Swallow)

Ballet Cymru – “Romeo and Juliet”

Romeo and Juliet by the Ballet Cymru on Saturday 6th July 2019 was an outstanding performance. The cast were so expressive and emotional, that from the first note the dancers made the story come alive, pulled the audience in and gave them tears they couldn’t fight.

The whole production took 6 weeks to rehearse and it definitely showed. Throughout the whole spectacle, the ballerinas made sure they stayed on pointe! They were so enchanting and they gripped the crowd with this strong atmosphere.

The auditorium at Abbots Bromley was huge and had an impressive stage. For scenery they used a projector and it made the backgrounds look authentic. In the church scenes, the projection made very impressive stained glass window patterns which looked utterly beautiful.

Arguably, one of the best parts of this fabulous performance was the dance when Juliet was questioning whether she should drink the potion or not. She made the dance captivating by making her movements very intense. However, the scene at the very start where the Capulets and the Montagues were sword fighting was extraordinary as well. The scene was so clean and careful but at the same time expressing anger and hate. During the piece of music named ‘Dance of the Knights’, the dancers did an amazing Welsh clog dance which was a nice surprise. I think it was a great idea to drag Mercutio and Tybalt off-stage after lights down, to maintain the mood after their deaths in the previous scene.

In a nutshell, this ballet group is the best, not only because of the cast, but also their connection. I very much enjoyed the production and their technique was splendid! I really recommend seeing this ballet company for all dance lovers. The Ballet Cymru are touring as far as China but let’s hope they come back next year to Lichfield in 2020!

By Sophie Swallow (age 9)