The Transformative Power of Dance
February 28, 2012
On February 19th, I had the opportunity to attend a performance of the Kansas City Ballet at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. As timeless as Romeo and Juliet is, it gains new dimension when expressed through dance. The set, orchestra, and choreography worked together to create an experience that was far greater than its individual parts.
The passionate insistence of Romeo, the initial modesty of Juliet, and the ever-present animosity permeating the interactions between the Montagues and Capulets were impossible to miss. While it was strange not hearing the poetry of Shakespeare’s dialogue, expertly painted backdrops, skilled dancing, and mood-appropriate music related something that could not be told in any other format.
While the ballet itself was beautiful, I also can’t help but think that the experience I had was made richer by the venue itself. The Kauffman Center is simply gorgeous, with skylights letting in natural light. It’s a good place to relax or engage in a moving conversation during Intermission. I couldn’t resist the urge to do a bit of exploring before I found my seat.
Why not check out the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts yourself? It can be a bit pricey, but the experience is worth every cent. A word of advice: order your tickets well in advance of the performance date. They tend to sell out quickly. A sure sign of a worthwhile diversion!
North Independence Branch