I saw PNB’s performance of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juilet back in 2008 & fell hopelessly in love. Bought the DVD & everything. (Ballet dvds are almost never worth the price.) I just needed something to bring a little of the performance back. There’s nothing quite like it. The plain set of white panels are as much a part of each scene as the dancers. The whole thing is stripped down, passionate, & stunning.
This Saturday the original Seattle leads are returning for one night, having been scooped up by Maillot’s company Les Ballets de Monte Carlo in Monaco in 2008 & 2012 respectively. As Noelani Pantastico says in the video above, it’s been 5 years since their memorable performance & it promises to be a very different experience, though happily familiar. There are still seats available here.