Marie is considered a children’s role in most Nutcrackers today, but Barbara Sandonato was already a professional dancer 50 years ago when she danced the role in Pennsylvania Ballet’s first production.
"I ne'er saw true beauty till this night," Romeo said after meeting Juliet in Shakespeare's play. And indeed, those star-crossed lovers stunned Thursday night, when Pennsylvania Ballet opened its 55th season at the Academy of Music with the company premiere of Kenneth MacMillan's "Romeo & Juliet."
Philadelphia's fall dance season brings a new Romeo & Juliet danced by Pennsylvania Ballet, world premieres from BalletX, a Kimmel Center program by Philadanco, and dancing all over the Barnes Foundation. Anna Deavere Smith visits for a dance-theater piece at Annenberg.