MacMillan could always make ballet look beauti…

MacMillan could always make ballet look beautiful.  During the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet (1965) his heroine appears almost evanescent – her little jumps are bubbles of air, her body flies weightless into Romeo’s arms.  But at other points she’s required to look gauche, even ugly.  When arguing with her parents she’s a stroppy adolescent; when she steels herself to take the Friar’s potion her body convulses so violently that she looks as though she might vomit across the stage.