Daily Archives: February 4, 2006

Romeo & Juliet

Back again to the Kennedy Center for ballet, this time ABT doing Romeo & Juliet. For our night we get Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky. An interesting dynamic is that they are married in real life.

Dawn complains about Mercutio, saying he doesn’t stand out much from, and thus might as well be, Benvolio. She raves about the orchestra. I’m generally a Julie Kent or Gillian Murphy kind of guy, but I sure love Irina tonight.

Dawn tells me that apparently Juliet is something of a signature role for Alessandra Ferri, who is totally my favorite babe on the ABT website. Dawn says she doesn’t travel much, so I knew we wouldn’t be seeing her in Washington. Dawn also notes that the picture I’m so in love with is pretty old. I see now in her bio that Alessandra Ferri joined ABT as a principal dancer twenty-one years ago, which puts her age to be about 90 or so.

It also strikes me as pretty funny, adapting Shakespeare, considered the greatest writer in the English language, with the adaptation being completely devoid of words altogether.