Reviews & Coverage – Q-R

Romeo and Juliet

National Ballet of Canada

Chan Hon Goh
“Finally, however, it was Chan Hon Goh’s Juliet that made the greatest impression. Flawless technically- her pointe work was impeccable- Goh moves with a kind of porcelain grace that is hard to define but impossible to resist. Her arabesques, for instance, in the Act One balcony scene pas de deux with Harrington were breathtaking in their beauty; indeed, the intense yet almost ethereal quality of the interaction between both principal dancers throughout that critical scene proved pure rapture, eliciting bravos and fervent applause from many in the audience when the curtain came down. Beyond technical facility, though, what was so special about Goh’s performance was her uncanny ability to project-both in the way she looked and in the way she held herself-that she was, in fact, Juliet.”
Chan Hon Goh
“On Feb. 10, Chan Hon Goh danced Juliet as if she were brought into this world to play that role. Her Juliet is a girl unable to hide her feelings as she is pummeled by a lifetime’s worth of experience. Emotion washes over her as fluidly as water, and every thought is reflected on her face.”
Chan Hon Goh
“Goh is a brilliant Juliet, lyric and lovely. Her delicate little bourrees skim the stage with graceful longing. You believe immediately she is desperately in love. She acts the role from the inside out, radiating such carnal longing, you immediately know this Juliet is willing to risk everything for the enraptured love of a boy she’s capriciously just met.”
Chan Hon Goh
“As Juliet, she revealed herself to be an intensely dramatic ballerina who is able to telegraph even the smallest detail of emotional change with her wonderfully expressive face and body.”
Chan Hon Goh
“The dance calls for quicksilver character transformations. Both Rex Harrington…and Chan Hon Goh, debuting in the Juliet role…met the challenge…Goh’s evolution from girl to woman, from innocence to passion to despair, is deftly handled. This dancer preserves something of the girlish Juliet right to the end. In the bedroom scene (they) projected fierce desire and made their dancing speak for a love hell bent for catastrophe.”