From play to film to ballet: Moscow’s legendary Bolshoi Theatre dances away with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

World-famous choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot has resisted creating a ballet for any company other than his own Ballet de Monte Carlo. But he has made an exception to his rule in order to work with the Bolshoi and interpret Shakespeare’s Shrew in a new way.
“Working with a new, unfamiliar company was a challenge I needed,” Maillot says in an interview published by Bolshoi.
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Rising to the Shakespearean challenge, Maillot has delivered a ballet that conjures the beauty of Shakespeare’s words with movement to match, while still telling one of the Bard’s most erotic and politically incorrect love stories.
For the creators, though, this is not a story about breaking a woman’s spirit, but rather “an encounter between two forces of nature, who recognise one another at last.”
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Minimal stage design and simple but eclectic costuming keeps the focus on the movement of the dancers. Raymond Stults of The Moscow Times describes it as “firmly based on classical tradition and dance vocabulary” with added “bits of quirky movement and strong element[s] of fantasy.”
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The next performance of The Taming of the Shrew will be in October.
For tickets and more information visit the the Bolshoi Theatre website.