The Bolshoi Ballet will dance the U.S. premiere of The Taming of the Shrew by French Choreographer and Director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo Jean-Christophe Maillot. The full-evening ballet in two acts premiered in Moscow in July 2014. Based on the Shakespearean comedy, the critically acclaimed ballet is set to musical selections from film scores composed by Shostakovich, including Moscow, Cheryomushki; Counterplan; Alone; Hamlet; Pirogov; The Gadfly; Sofia Perovskaya; and The Great Citizen, as well as excerpts from Symphony No. 9, Op. 70, and String Quartet No. 8.
For his ballet, created as a commission for the Bolshoi, Maillot recasts the tempestuous lovers Katharina and Petruchio as equals in a witty battle of the sexes. Returning to his classical roots, Maillot shapes a virtuosic and fast-paced work that fully exploits the company’s signature strengths—technical brilliance and character development.
One of the oldest and largest ballet companies in the world, the Bolshoi Ballet, now celebrating its 241st season, is renowned for its unique style, characterized by true virtuosity and incredible stage presence, and for combining great classical tradition with a fresh approach. Known throughout its illustrious history for championing new work, the Bolshoi Ballet was the first company to stage Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Minkus’s Don Quixote and continues to expand its repertory in current times with new works such as The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and A Hero of Our Time. The hallmark of the company is the dancers, whose range and artistic virtuosity harken back to legends such as Galina Ulanova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Maya Plisetskaya, and Ekaterina Maximova. Much of the Bolshoi’s legacy can be attributed to Yuri Grigorovich, who was the artistic director for more than 30 years and who will celebrate his 90th birthday this season. Today’s Bolshoi artists, Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Vladislav Lantratov, Artem Ovcharenko, Seymon Chudin, Denis Rodkin, and others—coached by Liudmila Semeniaka, Marina Kondratieva, Svetlana Adyrchayeva, Nikolai Fadeechev, Boris Akimov, Alexander Vetrov, and others—ensure that under the leadership of Makhar Vaziev the Bolshoi’s standards are held as high as ever. The Bolshoi last performed in New York in 2014 as part of Lincoln Center Festival when it danced Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Spartacus. This will be the company’s first U.S. appearance since Vaziev, former director of the Mariinsky Ballet and La Scala Ballet, was appointed Ballet Director in 2016. bolshoi.ru/en/
Bolshoi Ballet, Makhar Vaziev, Ballet Director Music Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot
Set Design Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Costume Design Augustin Maillot
Lighting & Video Projection Dominique Drillot Dramatist Jean Rouaud
New York City Ballet Orchestra
Conductor Igor Dronov