So, how does it feel to be Juliet, the iconic fictional heroine that the whole world knows and loves?
That was our first question for ballerina Sofie Bertolini, who will portray Juliet in this weekend’s Ballet San Antonio production of Romeo and Juliet.
“Honestly, it’s such an honor! It’s the most fulfilling female role for a ballerina to do, so human,” said Bertolini. Since many classical ballet roles for women are fairy tale personages, enchanted princesses, sylphs and other ethereal creatures, it is a welcome change for a ballerina to get to portray a real human being facing challenging circumstances.
Choreographer, Edwaard Liang, emphasized the human aspect of the story when he met with the dancers, and advised them to “Feel it, live it!” The audience will not empathize and be moved if the dancers are not completely invested in what they are portraying, he told them
A guest choreographer for BSA, Liang is currently the artistic director for BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, who originally created the R&J choreography for the Tulsa Ballet in 2012. Reviewers in both cities, Tulsa and Columbus, praised his creativity and accomplishment. “… An immense and thrilling theatrical experience,” said one, who also remarked on Liang’s “spiritual approach” and “choreographic assurance and emotional maturity.”