Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Ballet Review: Romeo and Juliet

BalletMet closed out its season with a slightly lackluster, but inspired performance of Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” on Sunday at Columbus’ Ohio Theatre.

Don’t be mistaken: The dancers were brilliant, highlighting BalletMet’s extraordinary abilities with choreography. Dmitri Suslov especially, who in his last showing with BalletMet before retirement performed Romeo with an intense sexuality — at times carrying the weight of the entire cast on his shoulders.

Equally compelling was the footwork of Suslov’s partner in dance and in life, his wife, Carrie West. She elegantly embodied both Juliet’s girlish innocence and naïveté (let’s not forget she is only 14 in Shakespeare’s original version), while commanding the stage.

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