REVIEW: Mats Ek's 'Juliet & Romeo' by Royal Swedish Ballet

September 29, 2014 6:46 PM

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REVIEW: Mats Ek's 'Juliet & Romeo' by Royal Swedish Ballet

What's in a name? In the case of Mats Ek's Juliet & Romeo, which Royal Swedish Ballet presented last week at Sadler's Wells, the switched-up name is just the first of many nuances that make a poignant case for this new version of an old classic.

For starters, Ek dispenses with the familiar Prokofiev score in favor of Tchaikovsky's, which he abridges and reconfigures. The editing is choppy at times, but overall the more lyrical quality of Tchaikovsky's score provides an effective counterpoint to the production's jagged edges.

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