The Taming of the shrew


An epic ballet created by Jean-Christophe Maillot in 2013 for the Bolshoi dancers, The Taming of the Shrew was awarded three 3 Masques d’Ors (best choreographic show, best male dancer (Petruchio) and best female dancer) and is currently on a world tour. Although largely humorous with a healthy sense of irony, the ballet tackles a fundamentally serious theme: the search for one’s better half. In a world where authenticity is eroded by convention, finding the perfect partner is no small feat, and Shakespeare’s play remains as relevant as ever. Rejecting male dominance within the couple unit, Jean-Christophe Maillot chose to focus on what’s vital in a romantic relationship.

«The Taming of the Shrew convey the idea that there’s someone for everyone, irrespective of who or what you are. Who can judge a relationship with an outside eye? Love works in mysterious ways, and it isn’t for us to question it. » (Jean-Christophe Maillot)

Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Music: Dimitri Chostakovitch
Scenography: Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Lighting: Dominique Drillot
Costumes : Augustin Maillot
Argument: Jean Rouaud d’après William Shakespeare
Assistant to Choreographer: Bernice Coppieters
Duration: 1h50 (including an intermission)
Premiere by the Bolshoi Ballet, on July 4th 2014, Moscow
Premiere by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, on December 28th 2017, Grimaldi Forum Monaco