Greeks, especially those who live in Athens had the chance to see the most beautiful love story on stage. The National Opera presented Romeo & Juliet, a ballet directed by Renato Janelle. The première was scheduled for April 5 and for 3 live performances at the Athens Concert Hall. The choreography was designed by Renato Janelle, musical direction by Lucas Karitinos, costumes by Celia Kritharioti .
Portraits of Elegance had the chance to speak with Celia Kritharioti and her team and present us their concept, inspiration and other thoughts about the ballet and the design of the costumes :
” When it comes to materials and forms, they were carefully selected as it was imperative, apart from the aesthetic result, the dancer’s comfort in movement. Silk is the basic material of the costumes, as well as ” tougher” materials, such as taffeta. The glittering of the semi gems and the bright colours were the elements used in order for the clothes to “write” under the strong lights. Every creation on Celia Kritharioti Haute Couture is created with “mulage” , thus the designer owns the absolute control.”
The team also admits that ” There were several rehearsals so that every single dancer would perfectly fit in his/ her outfit in accordance with the director’s guideline and the designer’s concept. The aim was the dancers to feel more free so that the audience enjoys an aesthetically visual delight.Inspiration is the longest love story of all times, as it was illustrated through the eyes of the director and choreographer, Renato Janelle : classic with up to date touches .”
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