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Swoons and swordplay in Ratmansky's 'Romeo and Juliet'
Swoons and swordplay in Ratmansky's 'Romeo and Juliet'

For old-fashioned drama, a thrilling musical score played live and, oh, yes, some gorgeous dancing fueled by intricate choreography, the National Ballet of Canada had a hit ever since it premiered Alexei Ratmansky's "Romeo and Juliet" in 2011. The three-act tragedy led by a dreamy Guillaume Côté and a vulnerable Elena Lobsanova as the doomed lovers did not disappoint on Thursday, when it tugged at heartstrings in the first of four performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (Different casts of principal dancers are scheduled during the run.) Verona comes alive in Ratmansky's provocative telling: Richard Hudson's Renaissance-inspired costumes are colorful but not color-coded to signify...

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