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
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."
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."
...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."