Evaluation: In Bolshoi’S Ballet, No Shrew To Tame

Mr. Maillot sets his ballet to a collage of music by Dmitri Shostakovich (the best part of the show).
Shakespeare’s play, also adapted by Cole Porter as “Kiss Me, Kate” and by John Cranko for a hit 1969 ballet, has long been contentious.
Mr. Maillot hasn’t the nerve to handle nasty women.
Ms. Krysanova does as well as Katharina as Mr. Maillot will allow, but, since Katharina isn’t really much of a shrew here, the role lacks force.
Mr Maillot, however, takes away both.

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