LONDON: The fans were out in full force for the final performance of Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov and the vast Royal Albert Hall throbbed with emotion. They couldn’t have chosen better than to finish on that most romantic of ballets, Romeo and Juliet and in Derek Deane’s spectacular version in the round.
Czech ballerina Klimentova danced her last Juliet on the day before her 43rd birthday, and bid farewell to the English National Ballet where she has been a principal since 1996. Her Romeo, Muntagirov, only joined the English National Ballet in 2009 when he graduated from the Royal Ballet School.
Wayne Eagling, then director of the company, tempted him with the promise that he would dance Albrecht in his first year and it proved an offer too good to refuse.