This weekend, the Bolshoi Ballet will be performing “Taming of the Shrew,” the magnificent ballet created for the company in 2014 by Jean-Christophe Maillot, Choreographer-Director of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. It played to sold-out houses then – and also when the Bolshoi subsequently took it to Monte-Carlo – and the three performances in Moscow this weekend are also sell-outs. We at Orcas Center have the opportunity to see this rich and brilliant production streaming live from Moscow on Saturday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m.
The popular Shakespeare tale, Taming of the Shrew, follows the story of many suitors who dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca. Bianca’s father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance, portraying the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy.
Taming of the Shrew won three Golden Masks at the National Theatre Awards in 2015 – the most prestigious awards in Russia given to productions in all genres of theatrical art. Taming of the Shrew was awarded for best ballet, best actress (Krysanova) and best actor (Lantratov).
The ballet is set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich, which was mostly composed for the cinema, and includes a piece which we’ll all recognize – Tahiti Trot, Shostakovich’s 1927 orchestration of Vincent Youmans’ Tea for Two, from the musical No No Nanette.
Tickets for The Bolshoi’s Ballet in Cinema Taming of the Shrew are $20, $15 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members, and may be purchased at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center Box Office open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. There are $5 subsidized tickets are available at the Box Office.