TWO real Italians as Romeo - news of the debuts of Roberto Bolle and Massimo Murru has made the return of that familiar masterpiece, Mac Millan's 1965 Romeo and Juliet, at Covent Garden an occasion for urgent ticket-buying.
It was an Englishman, Christopher Gable, who inspired the original Romeo, and the part has since been done with panache here by Russians, Frenchmen, Danes and Cubans, among other nationalities.
How does Roberto Bolle, Italian ballet superstar and one of Italy's most beloved artists, find a moment to sit down and chat?As principal dancer for both American Ballet Theatre and Milan's La Scala Ballet, Bolle splits his time between the two companies, regularly darting between New York and Milan.Murru, hitherto known as Sylvie Guillem's arm-candy in Marguerite and Armand and Carmen, blazed into his own.Witty, transparent, relaxed, amorous, he was all these Italian things - but, once he saw Rojo, the pair caught us up out of generalisations and into a particular, devastating experience between two people.He will kick off the ABT spring season on May 13 at NYC's Metropolitan Opera House, after recently touring with the company in Hong Kong and Beijing.
He's danced for the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace and for Pope John Paul II in St.
Created by Petipa and Tchaikovsky in 1890, its story of an archetypal battle between good and evil, darkness and light, sleep and awakening has a resonance far beyond itself.
This is what Ninette de Valois grasped when she mounted it for the Royal Ballet - and her production of 1946 transformed it into a signature work for her company.
Sometimes I miss Alessandra Ferri - she's great - we hope to dance together again in the future. I will be dancing in ABT's world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's .
I like the choreography and like working with Alexi - I think he's one of the best choreographers now and one of the best in the world.
Roberto Bolle needs to learn to be gentler and less of a perfectionist with others and with himself.