Themed “My Body Can Dance,” the NCPA Dance Festival 2018 will kick off next month. To raise the curtain on September 11th
, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève will stage the acclaimed Roméo et Juliette
. The Troupe will present the touching love classic with contemporary ballet choreography.
Roméo et Juliette will be staged in contemporary choreography.
In 2013, the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève's Giselle
in the NCPA Dance Festival stunned the Beijing audience with a stage of contemporary life scenes and cinematic visual quality. On the basis of mostly retaining the original work, the Troupe has got rid of the inherent dance drama structure of Roméo et Juliette
, reinterpreting the beautiful love story with strong drama conflicts and delicate body language expressions, bringing new reflections to the audience.
Group dance shows the struggle scenes of the two clans fighting for power by their forceful body movements.
Choreographer Joëlle Bouvier uses minimalist elements in both the set design and costumes so that emotions of characters are expressed by clear body movements. The long pas de deux shows the fascination between Roméo and Juliette by lingering hands to each other; the uniform group dance shows the struggle scenes of the two clans fighting for power by their forceful body movements.
Bouvier has not only created works for a number of world-class ballet groups, but also directed music videos for many singing stars and designed display windows for Hermès. The rich experience of performing arts has given her a different creation perspective. "Together, we unite our bodies into the gentleness and fury of (Prokofiev's) music, and we let ourselves be inspired by the rhythm. Its poetic nature will compose body movements, lifts, motions and fractures. All describe the passionate adventure of two lovers," Bouvier recounted.
As Bouvier mentioned, the music Romeo and Juliet written by Sergei Prokofiev will accompany the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. The emotions shown in the melodies are combined with the exquisite rhythm of dancers' bodies.