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June 30, 2010 / ballerina2thepointe

Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg | Principal Dancer, Miami City Ballet

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Balanchine’s Rubies….One of my favorite ballets!

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  1. Rene bendana / Oct 14 2010 1:20 am

    My darling Jen, I have a whole different perspective on R/J. Being an actor, sometimes director, I see Juliet as a 14 year old with lust in her heart and at 14 we all knew everything – didn’t we. I’d like to know Carlos’ perspective. Sometimes stage and dance are two different cats. I f I were directing you, I’d have you revert and think back to when you were 14 and play it that way. I see Romeo with lust in his heart and growing up quickly at Mercutio’s death. I know Cranko’s version has more soft moments for the dance. That’s my view – what do you think.

    • ballerina2thepointe / Nov 3 2010 1:33 am

      I agree! I think that Juliet does have lust in her heart, but more innocently than Romeo…I feel like it needs to be coaxed out of her just a little bit. She hasn’t had the experiences and “trysts” that he has had (with Rosalinde, specifically, in the Cranko version). I feel that while she falls innocently in love/lust right away with Romeo, he is more at the stage of recognizing that there is a difference between the two. He is able to recognize and distinguish rather quickly that what he feels for Juliet is quite different from anything he has felt before.
      The dance differs from the stage a bit, in that we don’t have an actual script to go by. Alot of things in the story are gently implied, or even brushed over or omitted completely. It is a direct adaptation of the play, but each version will differ slightly. Each choreographer has their own notion of which scenes and characters are the most significant. In fact, there have even been some versions which are danced completely in one act alone. That’s a lot of story to fit into one act…similar to “Cliff’s Notes”, perhaps?

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