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The Taming of the Shrew in New York

The dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet performed Jean-Christophe Maillot's interpretation of The Taming of the Shrew as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Copyright DR.Director and choreographer of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo Jean-Christophe Maillot headed stateside last week for six performances of The Taming of the Shrew - La Mégère Apprivoisée in French - at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. 

Between 26th and 30th July, Maillot’s unique interpretation of William Shakespeare’s comedic piece was presented in New York for the very first time, and what a success it was for the principality’s enigmatic cultural figure. 

Guided by his expert hand and celebrated choreography, the dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet company achieved a standing ovation on the stage of the David H. Koch Theater from the 15,000 people who attended the six performances over the course of five days. 

La Mégère Apprivoisée by Jean-Christophe Maillot was conceived in Moscow in 2014 and has gone on to be performed 41 times in the Russian capital, Monaco and London. In January 2016, it was screened worldwide in 1,500 cinemas as part of the Pathé Live programme. It has also won three Masque d’Or awards in France: Best Performance, Best Male Dancer and Best Female Dancer. 

The classical Bolshoi Ballet company spent 10 days in New York in total, performing Balanchine’s Jewels in addition to Maillot’s The Taming of the Shrew.