NEW YORK—The Bolshoi Ballet, now in its 241st season, has brought one of its most acclaimed new productions, “The Taming of the Shrew,” to the Lincoln Center Festival. The ballet has won awards around the world and, as evidenced by the standing ovation at the end of the performance, the audience at the sold-out performance at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater apparently agreed with that assessment.
Based on Shakespeare’s comedy, the ballet was created for the Russian troupe by French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot. Maillot has been choreographer and director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo since 1993, and this is his first ballet for a company other than his own since he attained that position. This also marks the Bolshoi’s first time having a foreign choreographer create an evening-length ballet.
The evening begins with the Housekeeper (Victoria Litvinova), who looks more like a movie star, alone on stage, flirting with the conductor and miming along with the announcement to turn off all cellphones.
While the ballet’s plot generally follows the play, Maillot takes some liberties to make the work less abrasive to modern audiences. Katharina (Kristina Kretova) is not so much tamed as she is matched by the rough character Petruchio (Denis Savin), and there is a strong erotic attraction between the two.
The action begins in the house of the wealthy Baptista (Karim Abdullin), where the servants are making…
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