Romeo and Juliet is the newest dance production by Rasta Thomas‘ Bad Boys of Dance Company, based on William Shakespeare‘s play. It was choreographed by Adrienne Canterna and stars James Boyd, Daniela Filippone, Drew Burgess, Robbie Nicholson, Noah Goldsmith, Nicholas Cunningham, Grace Buckley and Jace Zeimantz.
Plot (short version):
The Montagues and the Capulets are feuding. But when Romeo Montague (James Boyd) falls in love with Juliet Capulet (Daniela Filippone) things could work out for the better. Unfortunately, they don’t and it all goes to hell.
To see Romeo and Juliet this way was pretty awesome. Canterna put together a wonderful, touching and above all entertaining show.
I already enjoyed Rock the Ballet, so I really wanted to see this production. And since it was my birthday, I decided to shell out the pretty insane ticket price. I mean, the show was seriously overprized – so overprized, in fact, that the auditorium was half-empty. At least that meant that they asked the audience to move to the front as far as they wanted, so I got to sit in the fifth row or so.
That move was very much worth it. Because not only did it mean seeing the dancing better, it also meant seeing all the abs. I really do love it when there are female directors.
But even not considering the abs, there was a lot to love about the show. The music – a mix of classical and modern pop songs – fit the story and the choreographies well. I also liked the nods to the Baz Luhrman version. The choreographies themselves were mostly very nice. Sometimes I thought that they got a little repetitive.
But the thing that worked best was the creation of the mood and the transference of feelings. There are jokes (especially Nicholas Cunningham as Paris had me laughing until I cried), there is heartbreak (of course there is, it’s Romeo and Juliet) and you get to feel it all. Goosebumps all around.
Summarizing: A good night’s entertainment.