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Think different art forms can't arouse similar emotions? Check out Romeo And Juliet, a presentation that looks at the classic story of young love through dance, text and music. Participating companies include Ballet Jörgen Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, Stratford and the Toronto Symphony, with direction by Richard Rose. Presented by MODD, the piece has three student performances and one public show, Friday (February 22), at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge). 416-870-8000.
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Speaking of R&J, caught Xiao Nan Yu's luminous performance as Juliet Friday with the National Ballet. Although she's new to the role, her interpretation is near-complete: girlish and curious in the first moments, weightless wonder in the balcony scene opposite Ryan Boorne's youthful Romeo, desperate and passionate in the third act pas de deux, then all steely resolve and womanly tragedy in the end. The dream cast included Geon van der Wyst's noble Paris, Rex Harrington's fiery Tybalt and no less than Karen Kain as Lady Capulet.
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Kristen Thomson's mask-based award-winner I, Claudia keeps winning new audiences. It travels to Victoria's Belfry Theatre and then returns home for the first World Stage Preview, presented by Harbourfront Centre. It's a great chance for international journalists to see this outstanding local piece. I, Claudia is already booked for an April tour of Hungary.
It's one of two Canadian productions in the World Stage fest. The other is Théâtre de Quat'Sous's Novecento, Allesandro Baricco's play about a musician raised on an ocean liner. Tom McCamus stars, and François Girard (The Red Violin) directs. Also on the program are London's Royal Court Theatre, bringing Jon Fosse's Nightsongs and Martin Crimp's Face To The Wall, directed by Katie Mitchell (The Oresteia); Liz Lochhead's Medea, presented by Scotland's Theatre Babel; an image-filled Hamlet by Lithuania's Meno Fortas; and the multimedia The Battle Of Stalingrad: A Requiem, staged by Georgian troupe Rezo Gabriadze Theatre-Studio. Begins April 3, tickets on sale March 5. 416-975-4000.