Taming of the Shrew

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Ballet in two acts with choreography and libretto by Cranko, music by Kurt-Heinz Stolze after Scarlatti, and designs by Elisabeth Dalton. Premiered 16 Mar. 1969, by the Stuttgart Ballet at the Württembergische Staatstheater in Stuttgart, with Haydée, Cragun, Madsen, Neumeier, and Clauss. Its portrait of the warring couple Petruchio and Katherine is closely based on Shakespeare's comedy. It was revived for Bavarian State Opera Ballet (1976), the Royal Ballet (1977), Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (1980), Joffrey Ballet (1981), Australian Ballet (1986), Rome Opera Ballet (1989), English National Ballet (1991), and National Ballet of Canada (1992). A previous version was choreographed by Béjart (mus. Alwyn–Scarlatti) for the Ballets des Étoiles de Paris in 1954, while Louis Falco staged it as Kate's Rag in 1980. Petruchio and Katherine also feature in Bintley's Shakespeare Suite (1999).

Subjects: Dance.

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