Known by many as the greatest story ever told, Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet is a tragic love story for the ages. Enacted countless times through every medium available, the epic tale of the young star-crossed lovers and their feuding families continues to draw massive audiences around the world. One of the more emotive forms the story has taken has been through the interpretation offered by ballet. Stripped of Shakespeare’s stunning, florid language, the emotional bones of the piece are laid bare to the audience. Now the acclaimed Russian National Ballet Theatre is bringing the classic tale to life for one night only at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, and we spoke with Romeo himself, dancer Filipp Parkhachev.
“In my opinion, the unique of this version is a good combination of wonderful acting parts with the same traditions of classical dance,” explains Filipp. “And of course a good selection of performers!” Of course.
“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” – William Shakespeare
Seamlessly choreographed by the theatre’s artistic director Evgeny Amosov, the romantic pas de deux, taut fight scenes and the festive street dances in the production are designed to bring the audiences right into the midst of the action.
“Working with Evgeny Amosov is great,” Filipp says. “Because he is certainly professional who knows his business. He finds logical solutions to any dance tasks.”
Traditionally a lover of more heroic roles, Fillip has nonetheless embraced the more lyrical romantic part on offer as Romeo, delighting audiences around the world. However what is his favourite scene to dance in the piece?
“My favorites is a battle scene with the Tybalt and Mercutio. Because this scene has a elements of fencing.”
Well there you have it. Seems you can take the boy out of the hero, but not the hero out of the boy.
Catch the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Romeo + Juliet for one night only this Friday 22 December at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Tickets available here. And if that’s not enough ballet for you, the troupe is also performing Christmas classic The Nutcracker on Saturday 23.