The Taming of the Shrew

About the Production

Shakespeare's comedic tale of marital mismatch is given new life and modern energy in Ballet Austin's lighthearted and lovely recreation. Commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2004, this 17th century tale of the trials of courtship, marriage and common courtesy reminds us that true love is seldom achieved at first sight. With dynamic choreography and breathtaking costumes, Artistic Director Stephen Mills offers a masterful work that enhances Kate's fiery petulance, Petruchio's patience, Lucentio's maneuvers and Bianca's sweet, naiveté in ways that would make the bard himself proud.

CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills  |  MUSIC: Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti & Vincenzo Tommasini

What Critics Are Saying...

It's a ballet that asks little of us – regardless of our age – but to "let the world slip"

(in the words of Shakespeare's Christopher Sly, introducing the play within the frame) and have some fun."

The Austin Chronicle  //  Jonelle Seitz  //  Oct 12, 2012  //  Read Entire Article

Ballet Austin’s “Taming of the Shrew” is innovative and a bona fide laugh factory in comparison to the overly dramatic tales usually performed by ballet companies.

Comedy permeates throughout this ballet from the whimsical movements and blatant expressions of the dancers to the humor initially woven into Shakespeare’s tale."

The Daily Texan  //  Faith Ann Ruszkowski  //  Oct 01, 2012  //  Read Entire Article

...as endlessly ingenious and impressive as Mills' physical comedy was, what was equally impressive, not to mention equally funny, was his grasp of Shakespeare's characters

and the skill with which his cast communicated their personalities and shared their stories."

The Austin Chronicle  //  Robert Faires  //  Oct 31, 2003  //  Read Entire Article

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