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Star-Cross'd

dance & physical theatre · the half-shadow players · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States

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MARY ELLEN MORENO certified reviewer June 23, 2014
tagged as: shakespeare · dance · movement · Love
What a great concept for a show, and it was beautifully executed! The songs chosen were so well-matched to the moments, and the choreography and movement brought me to tears more than once. (I especially loved the scene when Romeo and Juliet have their first night together and the houses are literally fighting over them. I thought that sequence was just so complex and beautiful!) Kudos to the cast for becoming such a cohesive and dynamic story-telling group. I highly recommend this production!!... full review
CAITLIN HART certified reviewer June 13, 2014
I had no idea what to expect walking into Star-Cross'd but I love movement/dance as well as Romeo and Juliet so I had high hopes! Unfortunately, those were not met. All the "movers" in this piece are on the low end of technically skilled and not a single one exhibited vulnerability or real emotion (a clear must when playing Romeo and Juliet). The lighting design was distracting and misguided, the costumes were unspecific and cheesy (I'm pretty sure they were attempting to suggest the Middle East as a location but it was poorly executed). The director used pantomime for plot points instead of trusting the visceral movement to do the work. One of the more painful moments was the sex scene where Juliet was was riding Romeo like Justin McBride c... full review
JORDAN SCOVEL certified reviewer June 13, 2014
I didn't know what I was walking into for 'Star Crossed' - I felt like the show had the potential of being awesome, sadly it never fully got me. There were moments that felt sloppy and forced - you could see this young company trying but it felt like it was missing some heart. There are some beautiful dance pieces but felt a little claustrophobic when the whole ensemble was on stage, perhaps a larger space would give the actors (dancers?) room to stretch out and really move and feel the story they are telling. ... full review
PAULA BRYNEN certified reviewer June 15, 2014
Very nicely done. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fun scenes with the nurse. Juliet danced beautifully. ... full review
BOB REMBRANT June 15, 2014
tagged as: Beautiful · Tragic · heart-breaking · dance
This was a beautiful re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet. There was incredible passion and heart from every single actor/dancer in this show. I felt a little unsure of seeing a dance piece in such a small room, but the cast brought the room to life. They seemed to expand the size of the stage as they seemingly flawlessly danced about. I also loved the choice of music. It seemed like each song was specifically picked to tell that specific part of the story. This was an incredible show! I hope people go and go and go!... full review
ERIN MOORE certified reviewer June 28, 2014
Star-Cross'd was beautifully choreographed and executed. The 50 minute performance felt much faster and I really wanted to see more! Such an innovative concept -- if you are looking to fill your final Fringe weekend, make sure to put this one on the list.... full review
MARY ANN VAN DE CAR June 13, 2014
tagged as: passion · dance · tragedy · pain · Love
Rarely have I seen a modern dance production with so much fervor and passion. the chemistry between the two lead dancers brought me to tears...I would love to see another production of this piece in another venue...the ensemble needs a bit more room to fully expand their concepts...the choreography was very interesting....almost a melange of different styles but always coming back to the modern base...there was even a bit of humor in some scenarios like the 'he said...she said'..sequence...the fights were well structured and full of anger and the props were used to advantage...the start and finish of the dance tale was like a flash back of the lovers' death at the beginning which repeated at the end with finality and ultimate sadness... I w... full review
COURTNEY BELL certified reviewer June 17, 2014
One of the best things I've seen at Fringe this year. Such clear storytelling, even down to the jokes! I loved how raw it felt, and Jocelyn Sanchez as Juliet is a FORCE. I felt joy when she felt joy, and pain when she felt pain. This is a must-see.... full review
GRETCHEN LODGE certified reviewer June 18, 2014
I went into this with such intensely high hopes!!! An incredible story interpreted through movement to some of my favorite music??? Unfortunately, I think that the lack of training hindered the movers, and they were unable to completely lose themselves in the emotion of the piece because of this. The masquerade sequence was a standout for me, because it was one of the only times that I felt the artists onstage were being courageous enough to allow the story to speak for itself. Epic emotions in archetypal stories like these don't need to be hammered in through mime & exposition, they just need to be felt honestly. I think the lack of that, in the end, is what left me feeling cold.... full review
COLLEEN MCCANDLESS certified reviewer June 22, 2014
tagged as: lovely · creative · sweet · emotional · fun
I'm so glad I got to see Star-Cross'd. The choreography is creative and expressive, using such a unique style and sensibility to bring out the narrative. The design aspects are all interesting and apt -- I was particularly affected by what's done with light and color. And the skill, grace, and raw emotive power of these performers is really exciting to watch. Besides, they're all really attractive. Really wish I could come again!... full review

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