On November 3, another ballet version of The Taming of the Shrew, this one choreographed by Robert Balogh to music by Edward Elgar, premiered at Olomouc in the Czech Republic. As is common in professional ballet, the leading roles were split across the run, so Kate was danced sometimes by Yui Kyotani, with Ivo Jambor as her Petruchio,
and sometimes by Emily-Joy Smith, alongside Paul Oliver:
What can be seen of the ballet online shows that it contains, as might be expected, a lot of rough-and-tumble between the lovers. Here’s Emily at work:
And here are Yui and Ivo:
But it’s the advertising that most catches our attention – though, as always with theatrical publicity, you have to remember that what you’re seeing is an image selected to epitomize and symbolize the show, not necessarily a literal representation of anything that happens in it. What the ballet company’s publicists opted for, and what photographer David Prosvic shot, was imagery that’s typically associated with Shrew, so the poster featuring Ivo and Yui looked like this:
Something different was needed for Paul and Emily. Bad luck, Emily! Here they are with Robert Balogh at the poster shoot:
And the outcome was:
Applause, please, for Paul, and especially Emily!