I’m just settling in at home after the ENB’s Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall. I’ll reflect more thoughtfully on the production later but I’d just like to say that Daria Klimentova is incredibly gracious to fans at the stage door, after dancing miles around that huge arena of a stage and obviously wanting to get home with her husband. She had her pointe shoes for a particular fan, and a smile and a good word for everyone. It was quite a heart-hammering moment for me to have her make eye contact with me and quite genuinely and interestedly listen whilst I thanked her for her performance and got her autograph. Her Juliet was complex, and moved me to tears.
Here’s my ballet-watching schedule that I’ve booked in for this year so far:
Tuesday 15th April: The Winter’s Tale, ROH. So soon, woop! This’ll be interesting – as a literature and theatre student (I was going to say scholar and then checked myself ha) I’m really interested in narrative ballet made from literary texts. I’m familiar, as well, with the world of Shakespeare purists, so I’m intrigued to compare and contrast dance-based criticism and Shakespeare- and text-based thought.
Thursday 19th June: Romeo and Juliet, RAH. Daria Klimentova’s last evening performance – she does one more matinee after this – before her retirement from ENB. Very excited for this! I saw Romeo and Juliet once as a tweenager and really wasn’t impressed, I was extremely serious about the power of literature and had next to no interest in dance. I wonder what my more mature and dance-loving self will make of this production.
Tuesday 12th August: Firebird/Marguerite et Armand, Mariinsky at the ROH. I really like Uliana Lopatkina, who is dancing in Firebird. I have no knowledge at all about either of these ballets so it will be a completely new experience for me. I’m really looking forward to watching a Russian company dancing, too.
Wishlist: Swan Lake is on this summer danced by the Mariinsky at the ROH. I have seen the Matthew Bourne version but never the classical ballet! I am very interested in seeing more Contemporary Ballet, too, especially in studio settings like the Linbury. A company that I missed performing very recently – are Ballet Black returning to London this year I wonder?
They’re for Daria Klimentova’s LAST PERFORMANCE with the English National Ballet!
Are you swooning yet?
She’s dancing Juliet with Vadim Muntagirov as Romeo
At the Royal Albert Hall. In the round. Just casual, like.
Here comes the sad part…
It’s not til June!
I admire Daria so much. Have you seen the ENB three-part documentary? I found the first two on YouTube but the third part was so pixelly and rubbish I gave up. The first part followed the company as they rehearsed Swan Lake. Daria was only dancing Odette/Odile as a rehearsal stand-in before some flashy Russian was scheduled to fly in two seconds before the opening curtain or something and take over. She gets given so much outrageous crap by the director and just gets on with it, with grace and good humour. Of course we know now that she did open in that production of Swan Lake and her and Vadim’s performance sparked the renaissance of Daria’s career and drew comparisons with Fonteyn and Nureyev from the critics. HA!
Expect a lot of Daria love in the next few months.