bolshoi Ballet

The taming of the shrew

ballet in two acts by Jean-Christophe Maillot based on the play by William Shakespeare to music by Dmitri Shostakovich

in frames of the XIV international ballet festival DANCE OPEN
April 24 and 25, 2015, 19:00. Alexandrinsky theatre


The mutual admiration of the choreographer and the performers overflows in this ensemble ballet, fizzing with physical zest and bound with a web of details both psychologically astute and Homerically funny

Tatyana Kuznetsova, Kommersant

The whole performance brings to mind an interlaced wooden construction made without a single nail

Anna Galayda, Vedomosti

Rather than a macho handbook, The Taming of the Shrew can be construed as an encounter between two strong personalities, who recognize one another at last. If they are abrupt, obnoxious, it stems from their solitude; they are fundamentally different from the society they live in, albatrosses among sparrows, and their excesses signal that they have yet to find a partner to match.

This production of the famous choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot is a brand new page of his artistic life: for years he was staging ballets only for his company, sometimes commissioning some of them to other companies. The Taming of the Shrew was created exclusively for the Bolshoi Ballet , customized for its dancers.


Choreographer: Jean-Christophe Maillot

Assistant to Choreographer: Bernice Coppieters
Set Designer: Ernest Pignon-Ernest 
Lighting and video designer: Dominique Drillot 
Costume designer: Augustin Maillot
Assistant to Costume Designer: Jean-Michel Laine 
Dramatist: Jean Rouaud
Ballet Masters: Yan Godovsky, Viktor Barykin, Josu Zabala Gomez
Music Director: Igor Dronov




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