The Taming of the Shrew review – the Bolshoi lets its hair down

Royal Opera House, London
Divine dancing, evocative staging and a sympathetic adaptation make perfect sense of Shakespeare’s difficult play

Watching the Bolshoi in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s version of The Taming of the Shrew is like seeing a beautiful French woman dance rock’n’roll; she looks as elegant as always but is gracefully letting her hair down. Created in 2013, at a dark moment in the company’s history, it is full of bright wit and cosmopolitan sophistication. It just about makes acceptable sense of Shakespeare’s difficult play by giving Katharina (fist-pummelling, high-kicking Ekaterina Krysanova) sufficient cause for bolshiness in the bosom of her hypocritical family – and making her courtship with Vladislav Lantratov’s roaring boy Petruchio an affair of hidden and ultimately fulfilled passion. Best of all, it gives some of the world’s most dazzling dancers a chance to reveal character as well as perfect technique.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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