Posted by: Anya Martin | October 9, 2008

Movements of a Moment Through Memory and Retrospect

Edward Clug dancing in Radio and Juliet

Ballet Maribor Dances a Timeless Story to the Music of Radio Head.

I can recall an important moment in childhood when I was struck with a sudden realization about moments themselves. As fast as I could recognize the present it instantly became the past. How flitting and equally cruel and comforting are the steady moments that make up our life’s time frame. In Radio and Juliet, revered Slovenian Ballet Maribor Artistic Director, Edward Clug, choreographs the movements of a moment, through memory and retrospect in his modern adaptation of a timeless love story.

 

Even now as I remember this childhood moment of realization, time seems to stand still in my memory. I remember exactly the bright summer sun, the hot and splintery wooden deck under my thighs, the blue tropical 1980’s print pattern of my shorts.  In Clug’s fragile and potent ballet we begin when Juliet awakens to find the dead body of Romeo beside her.  The dance is in many ways, “an extension of that moment” or even “a retrospective of an unfulfilled love” contemplates Clug. 

Moments like a heartbeat sustain our lives with a steady pace, except at times they flutter and beat faster, or even seem to suspend while we catch our breath.  Like time passing, the dance moves with seamless fluidity interrupted by striking fight scenes awesome in their speed and defiance of gravity.  When Juliet and Romeo are suddenly face to face in a filled silence, the moment is suspended in breathless pause. 

The dance unfolds around the main character of Juliet.  It is performed with six men who interweave around one stunningly lovely Juliet.  “The other characters are her masculine universe,” Clug elucidates.  In regards to exploring the classic Shakespeare story in this way, Clug explains that, “after so many centuries, we can dig deeper.”  In some of Juliet’s first steps she moves hesitantly, stiffly.   “Stand there like you’ve been standing here for 350 years,” Clug instructed his dancer.   

When asked about how the show evolved in his mind over a process of three years and in rehearsal for about six months he says, “Looking back, I could not tell you how this happened. It was not a conscious thought process, more a matter of accidents perfectly matched.”  It is difficult for Clug to explain his creative process or his visceral understandings of his concepts and choreography.  “That’s why I have to dance.  The movements are my words,” he offers. 

Clug’s career is already marked with incredible successes.  His works have been shown all over Europe and Japan, and he has won numerous international awards.  The future of this young dancer and choreographer looks incredibly bright.  Yet, he stops to ponder the present, describing his interpretation of this ageless love story as, “a specific moment” in his career. 

 Ballet Maribor is in Pittsburgh for only a brief moment with shows only this Friday and Saturday October 10th &11th.  Be sure to experience it.

 

 

 

 

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  1. This show had to be one of the most phenomenal things I have ever feasted my eyes upon. Radio and Juliet has completely won my heart over. I will never be able to look at Romeo and Juliet the same again. This was nothing more than a magnificent and brilliant piece of work. The choreography and the dancers alike grabbed my emotions and kept me engaged. I LOVED IT.


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