Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet” is back in town, with multiple casts taking on the roles of the star-cross’d lovers this week. I saw two: David Hallberg and Polina Semionova on the 11th, and Hee Seo and Roberto Bolle (replacing an injured Alexandre Hammoudi) at at the June 12 matinée. I was sad not to see Hammoudi; I have a feeling that he would make an intriguingly vulnerable, passionate Romeo. Hopefully, the opportunity will arise again

Here is my review for DanceTabs. And a short excerpt:

“It was Semionova’s New York début in the role, which she has danced just twice before, on tour with ABT. She’s not a natural Juliet…butnew opportunities seem to awaken a kind of freshness and curiosity in this surprising dancer. In her short time with the company she has begun to blossom in unexpected ways. She was a softly glowing Terpsichore in Balanchine’s Apollo. And earlier this season danced the adagio movement of Symphony in C with a stirring legato and musical understanding.”

David Hallberg and Polina Semionova in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Gene Schiavone.
David Hallberg and Polina Semionova in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Gene Schiavone.

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