The Taming of the Shrew kicked off the 2012-2013 Ballet Austin season this past weekend. William Shakespeare’s marital mismatch comedy was a delightful evening and the perfect entry level ballet for someone that is a ballet newbie.
The Austin Symphony Orchestra accompanies Ballet Austin in the 17th century tale about courtship and marriage. The music was a perfect accompaniment and, while only one line was uttered during the ballet it was an easily understood plot. Young and old viewers alike would be delighted by the fun romantic tale.
The costumes were bright, colorful, and fun. They even helped with telling the story, by having certain romantic suitors dressed in different colors to tell them apart. The set was pretty simple, but easily transitioned between scenes and only added to the overall positive feeling of the night’s performance.
The show is a great mix of classical ballet and commedia dell’arte that was so well done as a ballet.