I do feel inclined however to make note of that which really stands out to me, one of which touches upon a question pondered earlier.
Friar Lawrence, so magnificently interpreted by Miles Pertl, is our narrator, our oracle, our puppet master, our angst embodied in a single figure. It is he, the first character we focus on when the curtain rises, that sets the tone for the entire ballet and who throughout is the thread that strings the details together.
This magnification of Friar Lawrence as a – one might even argue, the – principal role in Roméo et Juliette is genius. I can’t imagine a more clever implementation.
This is not to take away from our title characters, though. James Yoichi Moore and Noelani Pantastico (who are also the Co-Founders of Seattle Dance Collective) are a beautiful pair whose chemistry radiates even through a laptop screen.
Moore is a dynamic dancer who portrays a multi-faceted Romeo – mischievous alongside his Mercutio and Benvolio (Jonathan Porretta and Benjamin Griffiths), peace-seeking and vengeful in his dichotomous relationship with Tybalt (Seth Orza), and playfully and sensually passionate with his Juliet.
Pantastico’s independent and decisive Juliet reflects an adolescent of the current century, relatable to anyone who has ever felt the strength and determination to act upon their feelings. It is refreshing to witness this divergence from a character who is often read as more timid and, at most, coy.