Universal Ballet's principal dancers Ohm Jae-yong and Hwang Hye-min play the title roles in Kenneth Macmillan version of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Seoul Arts Center on July 12./ Courtesy of Universal Ballet
Principal Yu Zeung's Mercutio stands out from rest
By Rachel Lee
Universal Ballet has once again presented a masterpiece to local audiences.
After receiving excellent reviews for John Cranko's Onegin, Universal Ballet, led by Julia H. Moon, staged Kenneth Macmillan's 1965 version of Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" at the Seoul Arts Center's Opera House from July 7 to 14.
Scottish-born dancer Macmillan was one of the ballet world's most influential choreographers during his lifetime.
Originally created for London's Royal Ballet in 1965, his "Romeo and Juliet" has been one of the most sought-after works, as it adheres most closely to Shakespeare's original play.
Except for the intense and passionate balcony pas de deux, the work does not require performances of breathtaking technical bravura.
Instead the tragic love story is conveyed perfectly to the audience through skilful acting from the dancers and the overall visual splendor of the production.
Universal Ballet achieved what is expected in the original; the dancers vividly portrayed every scene of the story and emotionally engaged the audience at the same time. Their ability to express character moved those watching to laughter and tears during the three-hour show.
Principal dancer Yu Zeung in the role of Mercutio, a comic foil to Romeo, stood out thanks to his impressive acting and playful facial expressions, all of which captivated the audience.
The highlight was the beautiful love scene between the two protagonists Romeo and Juliet, played by soon-to-be-married couple Ohm Jae-yong and Hwang Hye-min. They showed their strong affection towards each other, which truly touched the hearts of the audience.
They also delivered the inner emotions of the two lovers, especially in the third act when Juliet kills herself after she wakes up and finds her lover was dead.
Universal Ballet masterfully presented this sad story of forbidden love and the performance will linger long in memory. The show closes today.
The company is to perform "Shim Chung" in Paris in September.
Source : www.koreatimes.co.kr/...
- Stay on topic and do not spam.
- Post only in English, as this is an English language community.
- Do not request or mention illegal download/streaming services.
- Do not post sexist, racist, homophobic or other hateful and discriminatory content.
- Refrain from abusive language.
- No graphic content allowed.
- Respect the right of other users to share their opinion. Arguments are welcome, fights are not.
Comments which break the rules will be moderated or erased. Repeated rule breaking will result in warnings followed by blacklisting upon non-compliance.
N. Korea launches air route to Mt. Geumgang
North Korea has launched an air route from China to the scenic Mount Kumgang on its east coast, Pyongyang's official media said Friday. A group of Chinese tourists led by the manager of the Yanbian Chunwoo International Travel Agency flew into Pyongyang Thursday from the northeastern Chinese city o,...More
The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.