Romeo was drenched in sweat, but Juliet didn't seem to mind as she clung to him. In fact, she'd gotten a bit dewy herself going through love's demanding paces. Within little more than an hour, the couple had circled each other at a ball, shared intimacies under a balcony, and flitted about, avid and anxious to embrace in the uncertain aftermath of bedroom bliss.
Photo by Kyle Froman Jennifer Kronenberg and Callie Manning in Romeo and Juliet.
All in a day's rehearsal at Miami City Ballet for Emily Bromberg and Jovani Furlan, first-timers as leads in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, which opens the performance season for their company.
South African-born Cranko was artistic director of Stuttgart Ballet in 1962 when he choreographed this full-length work to Serge Prokofiev's robust score. It has remained the choreographer's most popular ballet since his death in 1973.
"I tell myself this role is too good to be true. I feel such a great responsibility," says Furlan, a corps de ballet member along with Bromberg and only a student apprentice, fresh from Brazil, when MCB originally staged this work three years ago. Both dancers have benefited from MCB artistic director Lourdes Lopez's invigorating effort to bring newer talents to the forefront. "Luckily," Furlan recognizes, "dancing with Emily has come very naturally."More »