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Performer: Jean-Christophe Maillot

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The Bolshoi’s Un-Shakespearean Shrew

A. Belyakov, A. Tikhomirova, D. Bochkova and D. Khokhlova in The Taming of the Shrew © Mikhail Logvinov
If it were a film, I’d say Maillot’s Shrew is more of a trashy Franco-Russian Rom-Com with literary pretensions than an art film.
***11
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Les Ballets de Monte Carlo seduce Madrid

© Alice Blangero
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo present Jean-Christophe Maillot’s elegant version of Romeo and Juliet in Madrid.
****1
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Northern Ballet dance Maillot's Romeo and Juliet

Northern Ballet dancers in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Romeo and Juliet © Andy Ross
Bare sets and slick white screens set the stage for a clean, crisp and modern retelling of the Shakespeare-Prokofiev masterpiece. Northern Ballet’s performance of Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Romeo and Juliet is a reinvigorating take on the tragic love story.
***11
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Kiss me, Katya: Bolshoi's Shrew a slinky, sexy delight

Vladislav Lantratov (Petruchio) and Ekaterina Krysanova (Katharina) © Elena Fetisova | Bolshoi Theatre
Unveiled in 2014, Jean-Christophe Maillot's The Taming of the Shrew has been an enormous hit in Moscow. Here it received a triumphant London première as part of the Bolshoi's three-week Royal Opera House residency.
*****
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Maillot's Roméo et Juliette at Pacific Northwest Ballet

Seth Orza as Tybalt and Jonathan Porretta as Mercutio in Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette © Angela Sterling
Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette strips Shakespeare’s classic story of embellishment and leaves a timeless emotional journey. 
****1
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