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Midsummer Night’s Romeos

Year: 2003, 56 mins
Code: OF-Mid

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A wonderfully surreal work, Midsummer Night’s Romeos, was commissioned by the Japan Performing Arts Foundation and premiered at the Toga Spring Festival in Japan, April 2003. Director Jacqui Carroll has twinned Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with Romeo and Juliet to make a modern masque, a parade of dream like fantasy characters that disport themselves in the ancient and modern agonies and ecstasies of love.

 

Two Demi gods conduct the rituals from cloudy comfort, playing with the star-crossed lives of the 3 Romeos and 3 Juliets. The Demi Gods toy with the lovers in ways both malign and benign, using them as puppets for their vicarious amusement. Jacqui has also combined the roles of Puck and Cupid, who with her gnomic sidekick, Igor, are gothic gargoyles that wickedly shepherd the doomed teensters through their bittersweet trajectory. Being a masque, the musique and costumerie are extravagant and eclectic drawing on a wide range of sources to amplify the romantic, tragic and fantastic nature of the spectacle.


‘Because the night belongs to lovers…’

 

 

Demigods: Lisa O’Neill, John Nobbs

Cupid/Puck: Caroline Dunphy

Igor: Thierry Cartoux

Juliets: Emma Pursey, Leah Shelton, Neridah Waters

Romeos: Conan Dunning, Yuu Matsuyama, Ramsay Hatfield

 

Adaptation/Direction: Jacqui Carroll

Sets/Props: Robyn Graham and John Nobbs

Costumes: Glen Brown

 

Following a career as dancer on television and in commercial productions Jacqui Carroll performed with the Sydney Dance Company under the direction of Jaap Flier dancing roles such as Columbine in Glen Tetley’s Pierrot Lunaire, in Tetley’s Circles as well as in works by choreographers Anna Sokolow Lyric Suite and Deserts, Jaap Flier Hi-Kyu and Four Stages and John Butler Carmina Burana, among others. As choreographer Carroll has created works for Australian Dance Theatre,The Lotos Eaters and Missing Film, Queensland Ballet Persephone, Carmina Burana, A Christmas Carol (2 acts), Scheherazade, Firebird,Transfigured Night, Four Seasons, Othello, The Australian Ballet Canzona and West Australian Ballet Stabat Mater, Night of the Full Moon. After witnessing the training and aesthetic of Japanese theatre director, Tadashi Suzuki, Carroll was inspired to develop theatre works combining text, movement and music. She is the co-founder, with John Nobbs of the performance ensemble OzFrank Theatre for which she has created numerous works. Following her creation of the 3 act ballet,TheTempest for the Queensland Ballet in the mid-1990s she has concentrated on developing theatre that includes such movement-inspired works as The Romance of Orpheus, Doll Seventeen, Up Jumped the Devil, Motel of Memory and Brie ngs for a Descent into Hell. Jacqui is currently choreographing and producing a full-length dance lm with a mixed company of young and mature dancers. Her professional dance teaching credits include Head of Dance Dept. Centre for the Performing Arts,Adelaide, plus the Australian Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet.

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