Romeo & Juliet
BTEC students “dazzled” by Royal Ballet: “I never knew that you could tell a story without saying a word.” Kam, Yr 9 BTEC Performing Arts Student. On Friday 17th June 2011 the Year 9 BTEC Performance and Year 12 BTEC students went on an exciting trip to see the Royal Ballet perform Romeo and Juliet at the O2. We had some time to explore the O2 before the performance and we did not realise how big the venue is. It took a long time to walk to where our seats were but we were in the front row!
We found the performance very entertaining and the dancing was incredible. We did not realise how dedicated and strong dancers need to be as it takes months to create a ballet. We were all given a programme telling us about the plot and profiles of the dancers.
The show started with video footage played on huge screens to help us understand the plot. The first act set up the characters and rivalry between the families. Act 2 and Act 3 became more emotional with the wedding, murders and Romeo being banished. The lines of the dancers’ legs, the height at which they jump and the speed in which they turn made your jaw drop.
The concluding scene was very emotional with some of us choking back tears as the dancers performed their final duet before meeting their fate and dying.
After this experience we are looking forward to our next chance to see a live performance.
Lauren and Victoria, 9JC – BTEC Performing Arts students