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Montagues & Capulets

Bellydance at its most confrontational

 

This dance began with the music; it's from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet and is one of his most well known works. It accompanies the Ball Scene and will be instantly recognisable. Its ternary form (ABA) gives the choreography a clear structure.

Here we have Shakespeare's two feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets, at the same ball. Costuming is black, with red or purple scarves, headdresses and tippets to make it clear who belongs to which camp. Movements and gestures are strong and confrontational - influences include "'Moroccan hands" and ATS (American Tribal Style) moves which lend themselves very well to the concept of confrontation between two 'tribes'.

In contrast to the initial and final molto pesante sections the middle section, piu molto tranquillo, could not be a bigger contrast and is entirely dreamy. This represents an attempt at reconciliation:
the dancers mirror each other's movements - an intuitive anticipation - totally improvised; both hands hold an imaginary ball of light which is then cast into the sky... The dancers make small camelling circles while their pretty hands describe imaginary spiralling helixes of trailing stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montagues and Capulets on stage
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" We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake"

Sir Francis Bacon

 

 

 

handful of stars