The Taming of the Shrew

Bolshoi Theatre
16 April 2021Friday
Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Moscow

Ballet to music by Dmitry Shostakovich

Choreographer - Jean-Christophe Maillot

Set designer - Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Costume designer - Jean-Christophe Maillot

Conductor - Alexey Repnikov

With the participation of the Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra

Duration - 2 hours 5 minutes with one intermission.

The performance was given the "Golden Mask" National Theatre Award in 3 nominations: Best Ballet Performance, Best Actress (Ekaterina Krysanova for her role as Katarina), and Best Actor (Vladislav Lantratov for his performance as Petruccio).

The libretto is based on William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. In Maillot's production, "The Taming of the Shrew" is not a guide to suppressing a rebellious wife, it is a story about love, about the meeting of two incredibly strong and independent personalities who are not ready to put up with the conventions of the world around them.

Jean-Christophe Maillot is the director and the artistic director of the Monte Carlo Ballet, the laureate of the Nijinsky Award, and the Benois de la Dance Award. For his troupe, Mayo created almost 30 ballets: To the Promised Land (1995), Romeo and Juliet (1996), Cinderella (1999), La Belle (2001), A dream (2005), Altro Canto I and Altro Canto II (2006 and 2008), Faust (2007), The Lake (2011) and Choré (2013), The Nutcracker Troupe (2013), Aleatorio (2016), Abstract Life (2018), Core meu (2019). These performances brought worldwide recognition to the Monte Carlo Ballet.

The ballet "The Taming of the Shrew" became a special one in the creative career of the choreographer. For the first time, Jean-Christophe Maillot created a performance, not for his own troupe. The Bolshoi's ballet "The Taming of the Shrew" toured in New York, London, Milan, and other cities with great success.


  • Katarina - Ekaterina Krysanova;
  • Petruchio - Vladislav Lantratov;
  • Bianca - Olga Smirnova;
  • Lucentio - Semyon Chudin;
  • Hortensio - Igor Tsvirko;
  • Gremio - Vyacheslav Lopatin.

            A rollicking, rumbustious, and ultimately romantic production, it charts the unlikely relationship between Katharina and Petruchio - were the two lovers ever more unwilling? - with colourful, occasionally clownish exuberance and a sleek modernist agenda. And I can't imagine anyone in the world could dance it better than Bolshoi.

          The Times newspaper

           Best of all, it gives some of the world's most dazzling dancers a chance to reveal character as well as perfect technique.

          The New Review Magazine

Having become a co-author of Shakespeare, Maillot ironically and erotically told us this complicated love story - with the eternal opposition and unity of masculine and feminine principles.

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