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Alexei Ratmansky wants to reignite Romeo and Juliet's spark
Alexei Ratmansky wants to reignite Romeo and Juliet's spark

This story has been corrected. Please see below for details. Here are things you will not see in choreographer Alexei Ratmansky's production of "Romeo and Juliet" for the National Ballet of Canada: A color-coded corps de ballet that unsubtly designates the camps of the Capulets and the Montagues; Lady Capulet lusting after her nephew Tybalt; Mercutio in love with Romeo ("They are not!" says the choreographer); A drugged, unconscious Juliet striking beautiful ballet poses as she is hauled around by Romeo in the final tomb scene. Ratmansky abhors ballet clichés. "Another thing I knew I didn't want was Romeo and Juliet in bed in their tights and ballet shoes pretending they are...

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