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Viviane

19-01-01, 06:45 PM (GMT)
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""La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew""
 
   Jim's question (a few days ago) made me thinking on 'La bisbetica..'.
This ballet -in a choreography by Cranko- is based on W.Shakespeare's comedy 'The Taming of the Shrew'.

I have never seen this ballet and just noticed that La Scala has cancelled the coming performances and substitute them by Swan Lake. So, it will take again some time before seeing it !

I have made some searches at ballet.co, but found only a few
mentions.
Is this ballet a 'comedy'-one or not ?
Is it correct that it's little known/or not much performed in England ?



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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew" Catherine 19-01-01 1
     RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew" Richard J 20-01-01 2
         RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew" Viviane 22-01-01 3
             RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew" Susy 23-01-01 4
                 RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew" Viviane 23-01-01 5
                     RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew" Paul A 23-01-01 6
                         RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew" Richard J 23-01-01 7
                         RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew" alison 25-01-01 8

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Catherine

19-01-01, 07:56 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew""
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   It's a comedy ballet based upon Shakespeare theater play and created by Marcia Haydée and Richard Cragun. It exist even a broadcast about it with this two dancers. When Stuttgart Ballet come in Paris several years ago, almost 10 years, during Paris autumn dance festival, they presented it always with Haydée and Cragun. Against I must search to say on what music is.
One of the other great Cranko piece is His Romeo and Juliet often considerated by dancer as one of the best version even I prefer Nureyev and Mc Millan's


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Richard J

20-01-01, 04:17 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew""
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   The music is from Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), arr.Stolze (1969). Scarlatti's 550 single movement harpsichord sonatas seem to be popular for dance, whether orchestrated or not. Massine's "The good-humoured ladies" (1917) for Diaghilev also uses Scarlatti's music (orch.Tommasini), as does (I think) Siobhan Davies in one of her pieces (music on harpsichord).

"The Taming of the Shrew" was revived for the RB in 1977; I seem to remember some good-humoured bits, as no doubt there are also in "The Good-humoured Ladies", based as that is on Goldoni's "Le donne di buon umore".

Since this theme came from the 'what makes you laugh' thread, mention of Diaghilev reminds me of "The three-cornered hat", though the last time I saw it I thought it had now reached the stage of being a chuckle rather than LOL.


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Viviane

22-01-01, 06:43 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew""
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   Thanks Cathérine and Richard !

I'm just getting more and more impressed by your knowlegde !
I think this ballet is wellknown in Italy...but no response !?


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Susy

23-01-01, 10:21 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew""
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   Well known in Italy?!? My God, I wonder if in Italy we know more than Swan lake and Giselle... Only think at what happened last September with POB's Raymonda in Milan, I'm still ashamed for the audience, very thin and cold.
Anyway I remember only two runs of The taming of the shrew in Italy, the first one in Milan in July 1980, when Haydée and Cragun were guesting with La Scala Ballet, the second one in Turin in February 1999, when Ferri and Matz were guesting with The Stuttgart Ballet. I think it was Ferri who asked for this title in 2000/2001 season at La Scala, always tailor made for her (who is more an actress than a technician), even if the direction had proposed Swan lake. When Ferri's pregnancy was known there has been this replacement but then they had cast problems, as dancers who know Nureyev's version were no longer available. Now we shall see how Ananiashvili will cope with, as the production is new to her.


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Viviane

23-01-01, 11:31 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew""
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   Thanks Susy !


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Paul A

23-01-01, 04:09 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew""
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   Shrew was not a big success with the RB in the late 70s despite Stephen Jefferies as Petruchio - the problem is the Scarlatti score and a rather forced scenario.

From the RB the production was farmed out to SWRB where it only lasted a season or two - Marion Tait was Kate and Margaret Barbieri was Bianca.

Surely time for a revisit - even at this stage Petruchio would be a glorious role for Mukhamedov or Joe Cipolla.

And what about other overdue Cranko - ie Onegin? The RB only staged Shrew because the sets for Onegin fell foul of the fire safety regulations (do not know how LFB/ ENB got round this problem) - surely time to revisit both.


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Richard J

23-01-01, 10:21 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew""
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   Thanks Paul for jogging my memory; I'm sure it was Marion Tait as Kate when I saw this ballet. I'm not surprised about the problems with the music; a succession of short pieces from the baroque such as the Scarlatti one-movement sonatas as the basis of a score for a story ballet seems to be a strange choice - a recipe for fragmentation I'd say.

I agree that it's time to see Onegin again; I remember it made a much stronger impact on me than the Shrew. ENB were to have done Onegin last season, but had to change their plans (rumour was about that nobody was available to rehearse it).

Thinking of other Cranko ballets, he dipped into a wide range of music; Scriabin for Poeme de l'extase (Fonteyn) and Theodorakis for Antigone (Beriosova and Blair) among them, as well as Webern (Opus 1), various bits of Stravinsky (inevitably also worked on by other choreographers, e.g. Ebony Concerto), Ravel, Debussy, etc.

It just shows how much work is gathering dust.


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alison

25-01-01, 01:26 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: "La bisbetica domata" / "The Taming of the Shrew""
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   ENB have put on both Shrew and Onegin in the last decade - Onegin rather more successfully, as I remember. I seem to remember Shrew being criticised as being non-PC - not, as you might think, because of the male/female relationships, but because the portrayal of the servants was deemed insulting to the disabled.

If Richard is right about the reasons why Onegin couldn't be put on, then the situation is less bad than I'd thought. Perhaps we can hope to see ENB in it again in the not-too-distant future, although I would really have loved to have seen it before Tamara Rojo left.


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