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Taming of the Shrew at Palace Cineplex Tomorrow

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2016 | 2:03 AM
A scene from The Bolshoi Ballet's Taming of the Shrew.

The Bolshoi Ballet's interpretation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew has earned three prestigious Golden Mask Awards, the equivalent of the Laurence Olivier Awards.

Choreographed by Frenchman Jean-Christophe Maillot, especially for the Russian company, it was the Bolshoi's artistic director Sergei Filin who recruited Maillot, artistic director of Ballet de Monte Carlo, to choreograph the ballet. Filin, is the victim of an acid attack to the face by a soloist from the company, now serving time. Not fully recovered, Filin was resolute in bringing the production to the stage and his collaboration with Maillot is being hailed as a winning combination. Taming of Shrew is the Bolshoi's first full production by a non-Russian choreographer and the first occasion on which Maillot's his choreographed outside of his own company in 20 years.

The Taming of the Shrew, can be construed as an encounter between two forces of nature, which recognise one another at last. If they are abrupt and obnoxious, it stems from their solitude; they are fundamentally different from the society they live in, albatrosses among sparrows, and their excesses signal that they have yet to find a man (or a woman) who can measure up to them. Their love is out of the ordinary: while Petruchio could appear to be interested only in Baptista's fortune, once the ink is dry on their marriage certificate, he doesn't let go of Katharina. If he is interested, it's by this woman; the real dowry, the actual gold mine, it's her. He still needs to put her through a series of challenges to make sure that he wasn't mistaken, that they are right for each other measure for measure, so to speak. He was right. So was she. If she gives in to her husband's demands, it's not because she has found her master, but because she has met her match.

 

EXTRA-ORDINARY LIGHT

 

Her submissiveness is an act. It hardly matters whether or not the sun is the moon, because the two of them have their own, extra-ordinary light. Petruchio isn't fooled by his wife's new attitude. For the outside world, however, the prevalent social norms are safe. Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief: even the most reluctant among them have complied. In truth, Katharina and Petruchio play their parts in perfect harmony, and their singular tune sets them apart in what is a game of duplicity.

Encore performances of the spectacular new 2015-2016 season of the Bolshoi Ballet, captured live from Moscow are now showing at Palace Cineplex at the Sovereign Centre, Liguanea in Kingston. Spartacus plays next on March 20. Tickets are on sale at participating theater box offices and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com with a Palace Card.

Sources: Wikipedia/Bolshoi Ballet