Taming of the Shrew
Ballet Austin
October 5th through 7th
The Long Center for the Performing Arts

     Ballet Austin opens its 2012-13 Season with The Taming of the Shrew, playing October 5th through 7th at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.  Shakespeare's comedic tale of martial mismatch dances to the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti and Vincenzo Tommasini - accompanied live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
      Originally commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2004, Stephen Mills' critically-acclaimed choreography features an inventive mix of classical ballet and commedia dell'arte.  The original production's Kennedy Center premiere prompted The Washington Post to dub Mills "The Bard of the Ballet" and Ballet Austin as "one of the nation's best-kept ballet secrets."
     Ballet Austin's retelling of the 17th century tale portrays the trials of courtship, marriage and common courtesy.  The production sports slapstick comedy, dynamic choreography and vibrant costumes reminiscent of Kiss Me Kate - the Broadway and the silver screen musical version of the story.
      Supporting events for the staging include a "Studio Spotlight" on Thursday, September 27th, at noon and again at 6 p.m.  The free, informal event at Ballet Austin's downtown Austin Ventures Studio Theater - located at 501 West 3rd Street - provides guests a behind-the-scenes look at choreography and elements from the production while it is still in the rehearsal phase.
     One hour prior to curtain time at all performances in The Long Center, the "Footlights" series will provide ticket holders with a pre-show discussion and Q&A for all ages in Dell Hall.  Audience members can see the last-minute preparations unfold on stage while gaining a unique understanding of the performance.
    Ballet Austin's The Taming of the Shrew performs at 8 p.m. on October 5th and 6th, and at 3 p.m. on October 7th.  Tickets range from $15 to $74.
    The Long Center for the Performing Arts is located at 701 West Riverside Drive, at the corner of Riverside and South 1st Street.  For tickets and more information, visit the Ballet Austin Box Office at 501 W. 3rd Street, call (512) 476-2163 or visit online at
(Photos by Tony Spielberg)
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