Romeo and Juliet
As the defining tragedy of young love undone by impetuous actions, Romeo and Juliet is almost certainly the most familiar work in Shakespeare's canon. The titular star-crossed lovers have been portrayed so many times in so many guises that they've become universal archetypes for reckless passion. With the surplus of adaptations, including numerous film variations, it's reasonable to wonder if the work retains any power to surprise. Responding to that question in signature fashion, Collide Theatrical Dance Company is presenting a nimbly envisioned production that expresses breathless attraction through adroitly ardent movement. Relocating the action to Brooklyn in the year 2000, Collide suggests a contemporary relevance by making the Montague-Capulet feud revolve around politics. But while such exposition modernizes the backdrop, the emotional turmoil conveyed through the dancers already holds a timeless appeal. Driven by the original text, the fluid choreography of Regina Peluso (who also serves as director) and Geoff Higgins (orchestrating the tap arrangements) underscores the ecstasy and agony of amorous longing. A live string quartet will back the cast of 10 professional dancers with an energetically eclectic score culled from such artists as Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. By using dance and music to deepen Romeo and Juliet's emotional impact, Collide finds a new means of expressing a classic tragedy. In preview Thursday, April 10. (Photo by V. Paul Virtucio)
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 p.m.; Sun., April 13, 3 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: April 10. Continues through April 20, 2014
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